Consulting firm gives update on disaster recovery funds for Georgia

Consulting firm gives update on disaster recovery funds for Georgia
Camila Knowles and Louie Perry from Cornerstone Government Affairs present to commissioners (Source: WALB)
Camila Knowles and Louie Perry from Cornerstone Government Affairs present to commissioners (Source: WALB)
Chris Cohilas, Dougherty County Commission Chairman (Source: WALB)
Chris Cohilas, Dougherty County Commission Chairman (Source: WALB)
Louie Perry, Principal & Director, Cornerstone Government Affairs. (Source: WALB)
Louie Perry, Principal & Director, Cornerstone Government Affairs. (Source: WALB)
County Commissioners listen to Knowles and Perry to see what's next (Source: WALB)
County Commissioners listen to Knowles and Perry to see what's next (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County commissioners received an update about the nearly $65 million funds the state will receive for storm recovery.

The commissioners partnered with the consulting firm, Cornerstone Government Affairs, along with Senator Johnny Isakson, Congressman Sanford Bishop and Governor Nathan Deal, to get funding.

Through the congressional delegation, these leaders secured the funds for the state.

County Commission Chairman Christopher Cohilas hopes much of that funding will be allocated to Dougherty County.

He expects funds to help with more debris cleanup and to form a housing program that restores value to the most damaged homes in the Radium Springs and East and South Dougherty County areas.

Cohilas says Deal toured the damage- twice- to see it for himself.

"Because he saw it, he understood it. This is why I believed it was so important for us to get state and federal help," explained Cohilas, "Because once you have the governor's help at that point, then you can access much different resources."

Louie Perry, of Cornerstone Government Affairs, said Dougherty County had over a billion dollars of property damage, but not a lot of housing loss, putting the county in a unique situation.

"Typically, the federal assistance in this category focuses on housing losses," said Perry, "So we had to do a lot of advocacy in Washington to explain to policymakers that our needs were different than just housing losses."

In the next month, leaders will learn how much money will be allocated to Dougherty County.

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