published Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Catoosa gets 21 proposals for industrial park

by Beverly Carroll
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Randall Peters

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Catoosa County Development Authority chairman Randall Peters appointed a committee to review the 21 proposals submitted for engineer design work at the county’s Highway 151 industrial site.

“Review these RFQs (request for proposals) then winnow them down to a small number to present to the County Commission,” Mr. Peters said. “The deadline for that is the (May 19) commission meeting.”

The authority is responsible for overseeing economic development by the county, including handling development of the 50-acre site off Highway 151, and two other projects that are under way.

The other projects are known only by code names due to requests for confidentiality.

“(Project Tiger) is the project that the people we are talking with have requested total and complete confidentiality,” Mr. Peters said.

County Manager Mike Helton said the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, which assists counties with development projects, has received the authority’s proposal for Project Tiger.

“Your proposal is in their hands and they will discuss it further,” Mr. Helton said. “Expect to hear something from them with a week or two.”

For Project Brown, the authority approved a resolution to apply for a regional economic business assistance (REBA) grant.

“This is a business that has already acquired property located in the county, and they requested confidentiality because they’d like to do their own announcements,” county attorney Chad Young said.

The grant would help the business prepare or improve the site, Mr. Young said. Terms for the grant require the company to create a specific number of jobs and invest a set amount of capital, depending on the amount of the grant.

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