August 21, 2006
Americus--Economic Developers in Americus hope they'll be able to announce soon that new jobs are coming to town.
Right now, they're talking to several companies. One of them is a Texas-based business that could potentially create about 225 jobs during the first five years of operation.
The chamber of commerce president says there are several reasons Americus appeals to these companies.
"We have a lot of diversity in our economy. We're strong in retail and service. But we're also very strong in manufacturing. We have a lot of assets, like good industrial parks," says David Garriga.
The negotiations are still in the early stages and Americus is competing with other southeastern cities.
Wet weather in southwest Georgia is making the grass grow back quickly creating a spike in calls to lawn care businesses.
The YMCA is offering some new after school programs this year after the 21st Century grant ended.
Due to the recent school realignment, the Dougherty Co. School System is preparing for additional school bus riders.
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Fulfilling student needs was the focus of a community meeting with Dougherty County School officials Tuesday.