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Private prison could bring hundreds of jobs

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –Economic developers in Lowndes County hope a private prison will bring hundreds of jobs to the area.

The Corrections Corporation of America chose a potential site off Highway 84 and Inner Perimeter Road.

The new prison could create more than 400 jobs and $16 million in annual payroll. No date has been set for construction. The company says cooperation from the Valdosta Lowndes County Industrial sped up the project.

"As we looked at a number of different counties and communites in south Georgia Valdosta stood out," said Jay Hollis, the manager of site aquisition for the Corrections Corporation of America.

"It's a model of good economic development, a lot of jobs good paying benefits, a good contributor to the tax base and it's another win for Valdosta," said Brad Lofton, the executive director of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority.

Corrections Corporation of America says the prison could start out with a thousand beds and could possibly grow to 3,000.

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