Jurisdictions to move forward on SPLOST projects
The passage of the one-penny SPLOST will help Fayette County and its municipalities fund a number of key infrastructure, safety, roads and quality-of-life projects. On Fayette County’s project list is the repair and replacement of miles of stormwater pipes that are at the end of their lifespan, deteriorated or damaged. The County will also upgrade the public safety radio system and will improve and maintain county roads leveraging federal matching dollars.
Peachtree City will use SPLOST funds to upgrade the Lake Peachtree dam and spillway to meet the current classification for Category I standards and resurface roads and make operational and congestion relief improvements. The City will also use funds to maintain and repair existing multi-use paths. SPLOST funds in the City of Fayetteville be will used to construct a new fire station and other safety department improvements, conduct miles of road resurfacing and make critical upgrades to the wastewater plant. In addition to road and sewer projects, the town of Tyrone will invest in new police vehicles and parks and recreation improvements. The town of Brooks will focus on road improvements and the town of Woolsey will receive a much-needed restoration project to its historic mercantile building to be used as a gathering place for residents and visitors.
Voter engagement in March 21 special election by Mike Stachura, FV Community Chair
On March 21, Fayette County held a special election for the special projects local option sales tax. This is the first SPLOST to pass since 2004. Fayette County’s 11-percent turnout was better than other counties with SPLOSTs held on the same day and was the same as the municipal elections in Fayette County in 2015.
Voter turnout in any election that does not include national elections has a significantly lower turn out and this election was no different. Last year provided a great example of this. Georgia held a special presidential primary on March 1 and Fayette County voter turnout was 51.4 percent. The May 24 regular primary included local, state and federal seats, excluding the president and Fayette County’s turnout there was half of the presidential-only primary at 25.1 percent.
Except for the impact of income tax, local government has the greatest impact on the local residents. They make decisions for schools, land use, permitting and delivery of services that protects person and property safe. Fayette County’s municipal elections will happen this fall. If you are not registered, please do so. If you really want to make an impact, consider running for office!
In other news related to Fayette Visioning’s Community goals, Piedmont Fayette was named, for the third year in a row, one of the top 50 hospitals in the U.S. and Fayette County remains the third healthiest county in Georgia.
Georgia Economic Developers Association comes to Fayette County in April
The April 17
Luncheon of the Georgia Economic Developers Association
will be held at the Studio Cafe, Pinewood Atlanta Studios Production Center. The program will feature the film industry in Georgia, including the story of Pinewood Atlanta Studios, industry-insider perspectives, a focus on workforce development and the Georgia Film Academy and learn the latest about a new community being developed near the studios that is designed with film professionals in mind. Hear all about the exciting future of film in Georgia!
Panelists will include:
- Jeff Stepakoff with Georgia Film Academy will discuss Film Industry Workforce
- Brian Cooper, VP Pinewood Atlanta Studios will discuss the current status of the studios, future growth and the film industry in general
- Rob Parker, President of Pinewood Forrest will discuss the Pinewood Forrest development, growth plans, building a community for creative class targeted to film
- Joe Hanna, Co-owner, Hanna Bros. Motion Picture Catering will discuss their experience in the industry, relocating the business headquarters to Georgia and current industry growth in Georgia
The Fayette Chamber is a member of GEDA and can provide access to tickets for non-GEDA members. The fee is $60 for those registering by April 13 and $65 if registering later. If you would like to attend, email the Chamber here
Internship opportunities for business
Are you interested in preparing our workforce of tomorrow? Consider providing an internship or apprenticeship opportunity in which your business works with one or more talented high school juniors or seniors who are participating in the Work-Based Learning program through Fayette County Public Schools.
Hundreds of local businesses or organizations currently provide job opportunities to students with a wide range of career interests ranging from engineering, business & entrepreneurship, healthcare, IT, human resources, marketing and PR, automotive, manufacturing, skilled trade jobs, accounting and many more! We are currently selecting students who will work with interested businesses for the upcoming school year.
If you’d like to sign up for the program or would like more information, please contact Virginia Gibbs, Work-Based Learning and Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-716-1209 ext 231. You can learn more by viewing a 3 minute video where students and business leaders talk about their experience with the program on the Work-Based Learning website.
“The work-based learning program has been a win-win for the Chamber and our intern, Alexa. She has gained job skills and work experience. The Chamber gained her fresh perspective that has helped us accomplish projects we would not have done without her!” – Paige Muh, Fayette Chamber of Commerce
The next meeting
will be held Tuesday, April 18
from 4:00 -5:30 p.m.
at the Fayette Chamber of Commerce.
Place Lessons Learned from the Strategic Leadership Visit
By Vickie Butler, Fayette Visioning Place Chair
On October 23, I, along with 45 other community leaders, boarded a bus headed to Greenville, Rock Hill and Fort Mill all in South Carolina and Sugar Hill, Georgia. The Fayette Strategic Leadership Visit was underway.
All of these communities provided excellent examples of how to create place. Greenville’s story about the hidden waterfall uncovered to bring a town back to life has inspired communities across the country to “find their waterfall.” Greenville’s Peace Center is a shining example of a community-driven performing arts center.
Rock Hill has made itself into a world-class sports competition town. Its soccer fields and cycling facilities attract tournaments and competitions from around the world that has created a direct economic impact of $155 million a year. Next on their project list is tennis.
The Baxter Village development in Fort Mill was an amazing mixed-use development that had a truly authentic feel to it. The restaurants and shops serve as the anchors for houses of great variety, size and price points. Nearby Kingsley was more focused on commercial and office but had beautifully mixed in apartments and hotels.
Sugar Hill, Georgia was particularly interesting story. To maintain quality development in the town core, the city itself has purchased land and seeks out the right partners. As they describe it, they control their own destiny.
On our trip, we saw a variety of infrastructure projects as well as programs that could serve as models in Fayette County. I look forward to seeing some of these great ideas come to fruition.