December 19, 2006
Newton-- The federal government invests in a South Georgia county in need of an economic boost.
Senator Saxby Chambliss presented the East Baker Historical Society with a Rural Business Enterprise Grant for nearly $100,000. It's from the US Department of Agriculture and will be used to build a commercial kitchen at the old Baker County Elementary School in Newton.
It will soon have new floors, walls and thousands of dollars in new equipment. One group to benefit will be the Flint River Farmers Cooperative Operation that takes raw vegetables and packages them.
"Now they'll be able to bring them over to this commercial kitchen and cook those vegetables and process them to be sold in the open market," said Senator Saxby Chambliss.
"As we worked with women and other farmers who produced crops on the farm we started thinking of adding value to what they grow," said Shirley Sherrod of the East Baker Historical Society.
About $20,000 of the grant money will be used for revolving loans for potential business owners. The venture should create between 25 and 30 jobs in Baker County.
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