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Brooks has big economic plans for 2003

January 7, 2003

Brooks County - A vacant lot on Screven street is the future home of Fred's retail store...and the first step towards a prosperous economic future for Brooks County.

"If it does well, Fred's will supply up to 35 jobs to this area," said Bill Elliot, Real Estate Developer.

Elliot say Brooks County is an ideal place to develop the business. "Brooks is a sleeper and all too often it gets passed by for Valdosta or Thomasville," said Elliot. "But, I think this is just the boost it needs."

Quitman-Brooks chamber of commerce director Fred Lamb agrees. "We're on a major highway, 84, we're close to I-75 and I-10, and just a perfect place for a business to locate."

The proof of Brooks County's growth is obvious...just look at the industrial park, overflowing with businesses. The park is reaching its maximum capacity and will soon need to expand to accommodate businesses.

"We're looking at building a spec facility that can house those businesses wanting to locate here," said Lamb.

Lamb says a strong county leadership team is the key in Brooks' economic development, and ensuring that 2003 is their most prosperous year ever.

posted at 1:00 by ashley.harper@walb.com