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IDA's Treutlen site earns GRAD status

POSTED: July 4, 2011 10:42 p.m.

The Governor Treutlen Site in the Effingham County Industrial Park has been named a market-ready site by the Georgia Allies

The Effingham County IDA announced that the Treutlen site in the Effingham County Industrial Park has been named a Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD) site by the Georgia Allies, a public-private partnership focused on economic development marketing.

"The GRAD designation for The Treutlen Site means that it can truly compete on a global stage for new industry and the accompanying jobs," said Pat Wilson, executive director of Georgia Allies, "I fully believe that the Effingham County IDA’s efforts to attain the GRAD status for the Treutlen site will be beneficial."

The Treutlen site is an approximately 83 acre site located in the Effingham County Industrial Park at the intersection of Highways 21 and 275. The site is fully developed with all necessary infrastructure to support various manufacturing interests and is currently being marketed to industry worldwide by the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority.

The GRAD designation indicates that the Treutlen site is market-ready. The designation also includes several tools to market the site, including:

• Program benefits on the Georgia Department of Economic Development Web site

• Highlighted listings on the industrial site sections of major utility Web sites

• Continued presence on Georgia Allies electronic newsletter targeted to companies and site selection consultants

• Site awareness for statewide project managers and Georgia Allies partners

"In today’s competitive environment, prospective industry cannot wait on site preparation to install new factories and bring product to market," said Dennis Webb, chairman of the Effingham IDA. "Having GRAD certification will demonstrate to industry interested in our market the IDA’s diligence in developing market ready sites, and ability to bring those sites to market in a timely manner. We are very excited about utilizing this designation as yet another tool in our marketing and attraction efforts."

Created in 1997 to further capitalize on the momentum of the Olympic games, Georgia Allies was formed as a partnership between state government and private corporations designed to lead economic development marketing efforts. A collaborative endeavor, Allies leverages the individual initiatives of its members into a larger, targeted program that aggressively promotes state’s business development. This organization serves as a benchmark, creating innovative and cutting-edge activities to enhance Georgia’s business climate.

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