Augusta ready to create retail business recruiter

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LEADERS TO BOOST THE NUMBER OF BUSINESSES IN SOUTH AUGUSTA.A COMMISSION COMMITTEE APPROVING THE CITY JOINING FORCES WITH THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY TO CREATE A NEW OFFICE TO RECRUIT NEW SMALL BUSINESES. JENNIE: WJBF NEWSCHANNEL 6’S GEORGE ESKOLA IS LIVE IN OUR NEWS DESK AND GEORGE, THIS STARTED LAST YEAR WHEN THE COMMISSION CREATED A SUB COMMITTEE TO STUDY WHETHER A NEW SOUTH AUGUSTA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY SHOULD BE CREATED. GEORGE ESKOLA: RIGHT BUT THOSE INVOLVED SAY THE EFFORT GOES BACK EVEN FARTHER, SO NOW IT LOOKS LIKE THE COMMISSION IS PUTTING ON THE FAST TRACK A NEW PROGRAM TO TARGET COMMERCIAL RECRUITMENT NEW RESTAURANTS, SMALL BUSINESS AND THE LIKE TO AREAS OF TOWN THAT FOR THE MOST PART ARE BEING OVER LOOKED. GEORGE; KATHLEEN JACKSON HAS LIVED IN SOUTH AUGUSTA FOR SEVEN YEARS, LAST YEAR SHE SAW HER KROGER GROCERY STORE CLOSE, ANDSHE FEELS IT’S PAST TIME NEW STORES STARTED OPENING ON HER SIDE OF TOWN. KATHLEEN JACKSON: THEY SHOULD THIS HAS BEEN IGNORED FAR TOO LONG WE LIVE OVER HERE WE DON’T WANT TO GO WAY OVER TO EVANS OR MARTINEZ OR WHAT EVER JUST TO GET A NICE STEAK….. GEORGE AN AUGUSTA COMMISSION COMMITTEE IS TAKING A MAJOR STEP TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN. APPROVING AN AGREEMENT WITH THEECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY TO CREATE A RETAIL AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT IT’S GOAL BRING IN NEW BUSINESSES TO UNDER SERVED AREAS OF THE CITY. COMMISSION SAMMIE SIAS. PEOPLE WANT RESTAURANTS, THEY WANT OTHER BUSINESSES I’VE HEARD FLOWER SHOPS WE’VE HEARD MANY THINGS BUT YOU KNOW WHAT THE KEY HERE IS CITIZENS WANT A PLACE TO SPEND MONEY IN THERE OWN COUNTY. GEORGE: UNDER THE AGREEMENT THE CITY WILL BE SPENDING IT;S MONEY ON THE PROJECT, WITH THE EXACT COSTS NOT SET IN STONE THE AGREEMENT SAYSSALARIES WILL RUN BETWEEN 60 AND 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS, AND ANOTHER 10 THOUSAND TO 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO PAY FOR WHAT’S CALLED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITY, THE GRAND TOTAL COULD BE 250 THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR. COMM.SEAN FRANTOM: 250 GRAND BASED ON UP TO 150 FOR SALARIES THEN THE OPERATING FUNDS UP TO 100 THOUSAND I THINK THOSE DISCUSSIONS PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED A LITTLE BIT BETTER BECAUSE IT DOES SEEM A LITTLE BIT OPEN ENDED. COMM SIAS IF YOU’RE GOING TO DO A PROJECT YOU NEED TO DO THE PROJECT AND FUND IT PROPERLY TO MAKE IT SUCCESSFUL. GEORGE ESKOLA: THE FULL COMMISSION SCHEDULED TO VOTE ON CREATING THE PROGRAM NEXT WEEK, THE OFFICE WILL BE RUN OUT OF THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, AND THAT HAD SOME SUGGESTING THE CITY WAIT BEFORE MOVING FORWARD F NOWBECAUSE AUTHORITY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WALTER SPROUSE TO RETIRINGTHE END OF THE YEAR.

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