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EPA and ABAC partner with Ocilla to spur economic development

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One of the refurbished shops set to open in downtown Ocilla One of the refurbished shops set to open in downtown Ocilla
Hazel McCranie, Ocilla Chamber of Commerce President Hazel McCranie, Ocilla Chamber of Commerce President
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OCILLA, GA (WALB) -

The Environmental Protection Agency provided a grant to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College students to work in Ocilla on business related projects.

Students will help the city in day-to-day operations, outline possible city improvements, and help plan building restorations. City leaders said participants have suggested downtown renovations which could help the city attract new businesses.

"We're doing a lot of downtown renovation. If you go downtown, people are buying up our old buildings and totally refurbishing them," said Hazel McCranie, Chamber of Commerce President.

"We have two new businesses that are going to open downtown. Both of them are boutiques and gifts, and that's what's gonna bring people into your town."

The students will work for the city at no cost and may also set up the city's website. The program is expected to begin this fall.

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