Economic developer to seek funds for spec building plans

Elbert County Economic Development Executive Director Rusty Warner

Elbert County Economic Developer Rusty Warner said Thursday he plans to ask the county’s Board of Commissioners to approve funding that would begin the process toward possible construction of a speculative industrial building.
“I’m going to go to the county and request funds to go out and start getting plans for what it would take to build a spec building – how much would it cost, what to expect, what ceiling heights are popular today, different things like that – so we can go ahead and start putting a plan together,” Warner said. “That way we would have that ready, and then we could start discussing for the future and down the road about building a spec building.”
In his report to the Elbert County Development Authority, Warner said the funding would come from proceeds of a half-mill property tax increase approved by the commissioners for economic development.
“That’s what the half-mill is designed for, to be used for studies, engineering reports and different things like that,” Warner said. “It wasn’t to build a spec building, but it’s to aid us in infrastructure and building plans and engineering reports.”
Warner also reported he has met with several developers recently who interested in housing, retail and manufacturing sites in Elbert County.
He said the new Davis Systems technology company in Elbert County has completed a distributorship agreement with another company in California. Davis Systems is finishing up its product prototype, which will soon be ready for the market, he said. The company’s DSI Electronic Recycling division is now offering full electronic recycling in Elbert and Lincoln counties, and the service will soon expand to more Northeast Georgia communities .
Warner reported that construction on the recently announced grain and feed mill to be located on the Bowman Highway is now expected to begin in January.
“The grain mill, they ran into a few problems with underwriting. From what I’m told, all of that is in the past and behind them now, and hopefully they’ll be able to start construction in January.”
Warner said Thursday’s meeting of the Development Authority lasted 11 minutes and included no action items on the agenda. Board member Allen Nicas made a motion to change from monthly to quarterly meetings for the authority, but the motion died for lack of a second.

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