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Project Development Assistance

Staff is available to assist any local government, authority, or business in the development of a project. This includes providing assistance in finding state or federal resources such as tax credits, export/import assistance and other resources. Grant applications are also developed and administered which provide necessary infrastructure such as water, sewer, roads, rail, air, broadband or natural gas. These grants are made to local governments and/or development authorities by either state or federal agencies. The purpose of the grants is to provide exactly what the business needs to create and/or retain jobs as well as making private investment into the project. The end result is an increase in the tax base, creation/retention of jobs, and a business whose bottom line has improved. 

 

Assistance is also available to entrepreneurs seeking to start a business. This includes referrals to the local Small Business Development Center, reviewing business plans, and assisting in finding funding for their start-up.

 

Tourism is an important part of economic development in this region. Staff will provide assistance to existing and start-up tourism assets such as hotels, museums, restaurants, etc. as well as local convention and visitor’s bureaus and chambers of commerce. 

 

The River Valley Regional Commission has been working with statewide and federal partners to identify and support greater education, awareness and action on environmentally damaged properties in the region. We have done this through partnerships with the US EPA, Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division, and the Georgia Brownfield Association. The work has been a combination of advocacy and resources, which have included education campaigns throughout the region, work towards building a brownfield coalition to address issues in the rural areas of the region, and supporting the City of Columbus with their US EPA projects, including a full environmental assessment of the Bibb Elementary School as well as an EPA Brownfield Assessment grant. For more information about the Brownfield law and how it impacts banks and property transactions, click HERE

 

 

Our Project Development Assistance prioritizes work that falls under the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS). 

 

Click HERE for more information our regional CEDS.

 

For assistance in developing your project, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.at 877 819-6348.

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