July 2017
June 2017
David Dyer recently spent the day with Leadership Jasper 2017. The topic of the day was Jasper County Industry. The class enjoyed a driving tour of the counties industries. Field Representative Greg Ziesenhene with Senator David Perdue's office also joined the class for the day.
Group Learns about Shire
Kathy Mudd • Thu, Jun 08, 2017
The Monticello News

Gabe Khouli with Shire International at Stanton Springs, near the intersection of Newton, Morgan and Walton Counties just off I-20 spoke to community leaders and others at the Monticello-Jasper County Chamber of Commerce First Friday breakfast last week.

Mr. Khouli talked about how the plant had begun and how the site is growing. The manufacturing plant covers some two million sq. ft., and was begun as Baxter. It then changed to Baxalta, then was purchased by Shire. Shire is dedicated to serving patients with rare diseases. 

Mr. Khouli explained there are 7,000 known rare diseases, the vast majority of which have no treatment. Some five percent have treatment, he said. He distinguished rare diseases by saying sometimes it takes as much as five to seven years for an accurate diagnosis. 

He said that Shire is leading the way in immunology, and works to treat immune deficiency which some 300 diseases are classified as. 

Shire International has some 24,000 employees in more than 65 countries, and provides therapies to some 100 countries. The local plant will have 1,500 employees at full ramp up. It is a $1 billion investment.

He said the plant is in the process of transitioning to an operating facility and achieving FDA licensing. He said some 900 systems have to be tested, validated, and proven, then the results sent to FDA who will then give the green light for production. 

He explained they will be doing conformance runs through the beginning of fall. They are anticipating FDA approval in early 2018. Full ramp up is a four-to-five year process, with obviously some of that already behind them. 

He said that the plant is hiring for all positions including manufacturing, quality control, engineering, maintenance, warehouse/supply chain, IT, and more. Interested persons may investigate openings by visiting Shire.com.

Besides the possibilities for good jobs for Jasperites, the development will pay some $5.2 million in taxes to Jasper County alone in its first 10 years of production. 

The breakfast was sponsored by Wholistic Farms, Community Supported Agriculture, which is operated by Shane and Jennifer Whitmire.

Jasper County Development Authority Director David Dyer introduced Mr. Khouli, and recognized Steve Jordan and Carl Pennamon as members of the Four County Development Authority which attracted Shire to the area.

May 2017

Monticello/Jasper County is a pilot partner with DCA for a new community initiative...

On Monday, April 22, 2017 a team from Jasper County visited the Georgia Department of Community Affairs for a kick-off meeting with Commissioner Camila Knowles, her staff and the DCA resource team. The next step will take place in June. DCA will be sending a resource team to Monticello-Jasper County.

The Jasper County team attending the meeting: City Clerk Lathaydra Sands, Mayor ProTem Stone Workman, Mayor Bryan Standifer, DCA Commissioner Camila Knowles, County Commission Chair Carl Pennamon, Chamber of Commerce President Pam Mayer, County Commissioner Don Jernigan, City Manager Doug White, Development Authority of Jasper County Director David Dyer, County Manager Mike Benton, and County Commissioner Craig Salmon

April 2017

Great article in Georgia Trend Magazine...click link for full story.

Jasper County, about 60 miles from Atlanta, is primed for a big 2017. The Jasper County Industrial Park in Monticello, the county seat, is at 80 percent capacity with only five acres of available space. Therefore, the focus is shifting to the 50-acre Minetta Crossing site, which is being marketed as a green park, has railroad access and is drawing attention from prospects.

Thomas and Thwaite, a manufacturer of wood flooring, will open a 20-acre facility this spring and create more than 20 jobs. Norton Packaging expanded and doubled its size and its workforce to 66 employees who produce rigid plastic pails and cans. Water, Wind and Soil, which makes grass-like construction mats, has opened a facility and has 35 employees.

David Dyer, executive director of the Development Authority of Jasper County, says the area is courting 13 prospects that could result in 400-plus new jobs.

“We know we won’t get them all,” he says, “but we anticipate getting our share.”

Downtown Monticello has its storefronts filled, so the city is looking for land close to town that will support microbusinesses in smaller commercial retail units."... (insert in article)



Rep. Holmes Talks to DAJC Board

Susan Jacobs•Thu, Apr 06, 2017
The Monticello News

Development Authority of Jasper County (DAJC) board members received a firsthand update of the 2017 Georgia Legislative session from Monticello native and House Representative Susan Holmes Tuesday afternoon.

“There was not a whole lot done this session,” said Rep. Holmes.

She noted that the legislature did get a medical cannibus bill passed in addition to passing some important rural health care initiatives. (See Page 5). 
Rep. Holmes also said that paving Shepherd Road near Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield would be one of her forthcoming initiatives to pursue.

As a Monticello resident, Rep. Holmes said that the condition of the local downtown business area concerned her with many business owners closing their storefronts and still others contemplating closure.

“Very concerned about downtown development in Monticello. Every time I come here I see a new business closing,” she said.

Discussions center around complex parking issues on the Square as a major culprit. 

DAJC board member Jan Gaston said that Jasper County was very lucky to have Sen. Jones and Rep. Holmes because they can be found easily during the legislative session. 

Daniella Erickson with Sen. Johnny Isakson’s office and Josh Finley with Rep. Jody Hice’s office also provided updates. 

Mrs. Erickson noted that the senator was working on multiple veteran issues including abandoning the 30 day waiting period for veterans to enter a VA hospital, instead allowing them to seek private health care services.

Mr. Finley said that Rep. Hice had attended two meetings over the past week with the president and was working on health care changes and tax reform. He said that Rep. Hice would be in Jasper County on May 12 and that his office would take feedback on any issues. 

David Dyer provided an update on local industry. He said Water, Wind & Soil had grown rapidly in the two months since its opening. Also Norton Packaging is in the process of expanding by adding a new building which would take its employment numbers from 62 individuals to approximately 100.

Board members took action not to replace the billboard near Minnetta Crossing. The billboard was blown over last week during a storm. Mr. Dyer had a contractor estimate the cost of replacing it which totaled $3,000 whereas the current billboard client pays $150 per month to lease it. Therefore the board voted not to replace it and refund the client any funds paid.

Board members heard from various individuals from local agencies about updates as well as two local citizens who were in attendance.

March 2017

Help us with our regional comprehensive strategic plan. This survey has been created by Northeast Georgia Regional Commission.  Input will be used to develop a comprehensive strategy for the NE GA Region Comprehensive Economic Development Strategic Plan. Survey will be open through the month of April, 2017.

Click on link: http://796044.polldaddy.com/s/cedsurvey to take the survey - it takes less than 5 minutes.

 

 

March 2017

Leadership Jasper 2017 recently visited the Capitol. They were recognized during the house session and visited with Governor Nathan Deal, Senator Burt Jones, and Representative Susan Holmes.

 

February 2017

Aerial view of Minneta Crossing taken by Jordan Engineering, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

January, 2017

Congratulations to Norton Packaging Industries for being named the 2016 Business of the Year by the Monticello-Jasper County Chamber of Commerce
In nominating Norton Packaging, the nominator Betty Jean Jordan reviewed Norton’s successful plant here in Monticello. The company that has had headquarters on the west coast since its founding in 1901, decided in 2012 to come to Jasper County. During the 2013 groundbreaking ceremony, Scott Norton said, “We were drawn here by the advantageous business climate, and we look forward to becoming an integral part of the community.”

“Norton has, indeed, become an integral part of the community and has had a phenomenal rate of growth. On March 24, 2014, the Monticello facility began production with a five year goal of hiring 42 employees. By June 2, 2014, Norton had begun operating 24 hours per day, seven days per week. And the end of 2016, Norton Packaging in Monticello has 66 employees. Sixty of the employees live in Jasper County,” the nomination form said. 

Norton’s employees also enjoy a benefits program, bonus program, incentive program, annual safety award program and a 401K profit sharing program.
Norton’s community participation includes Chamber of Commerce membership; Deer Festival scholarship program, Deer Dash sponsorship, support of local schools, and the development of an internship program for students.

It is committed to using local service providers for product trucking, plumbing, building maintenance, and landscaping.
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January, 2017

Article by The Monticello News: David Dyer, executive director of the Development Authority of Jasper County, made a presentation about economic development at the Monticello Kiwanis Club meeting Monday, January 23, 2017. 

Mr. Dyer talked about Monticello being a great place to live, work and play. He said that the DAJC is working on the future of the community, looking 20 years down the road. 

He talked about the future with these attributes: an educated labor pool, prosperous citizenry, innovative business and industry and a liveable community. 
He talked about the recruitment of industries, and said what we are interested in is smart growth. He said he is currently working with 13 prospects that would total 404 jobs. He said five of the prospects we know we’re going to get. 

He also talked about Norton Packaging that located here a few years ago, and is now about to double in size. He also mentioned the wood flooring plant that recently located here. 

Mr. Dyer showed what the new sign at the old Industrial Park is going to look like and showed the sign for the new Industrial Park called Minetta Crossing. 

He talked about the importance of regionalism, and the impact of Stanton Springs on the local economy. The county will have less than a $1.5 million investment, and will receive some $5,371,365 between 2016 and 2017. After that the county is expected to get a million dollars a year.
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December, 2016 Shire named "Pharma Company of the Year" by Scrip

“We are pleased to be honored by our industry peers with this award," said Shire Chief Executive Officer Flemming Ornskov, M.D., M.P.H. "We welcome this important recognition of our continued growth and our deep and enduring commitment to serving patients and families across the globe that are affected by rare diseases and highly specialized conditions.”

In a statement released today, Scrip said it “was impressed by Shire’s performance since its planned merger with AbbVie was called off in October 2014.” It also mentioned Shire’s consistent growth, increased R&D spend and leadership in rare diseases following the combination with Baxalta as reasons for the recognition.

“The very nature of what we do brings us a special and intimate relationship with our patients – the like of which I’ve never experienced at any other company in my 25 year career,” said Kim Stratton, Head of International Commercial at Shire while accepting the award on behalf of Shire. “So it is to our patients and their caregivers that we’d like to dedicate this award, many of whom I have been privileged to meet and who inspire me every day.”

The winner of this special award is chosen each year by Scrip’s senior editorial team, based on a variety of key metrics, including financial performance, strategic advances, progress in emerging markets, and advances in the drug pipeline.

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December, 2016 Development Authority of Jasper County, Ga. David Dyer speaking at the Monticello-Jasper County Chamber of Commerce First Friday Breakfast. This month's breakfast featured the expansion of Larry's Four Way and was sponsored by AT&T.

 

November, 2016 David Dyer with the Development Authority of Jasper County, Ga. recently attended an Eggs and Issues Breakfast at Tri-County EMC in Gray. He was presented a check to use for economic development by Ray Grinberg and Greg Mullis. State Representative Susan Dykes Holmes, Paul Holmes, Jasper County Georgia Commission Chair Gene Trammell, and Monticello-Jasper County Chamber of Commerce President Pam Mayer also attended the meeting. Representative Holmes spoke about Broadband in rural Georgia.

 

October 21, 2016 The Development Authority of Jasper County, Ga. would like to thank Central Georgia Electric Membership Corporation for their generous donation!

In photo: David Dyer, Linda Jordan, Kathy Mudd, Tony Lewis, Dr. Mike Newton

 

 

October 18, 2016  REQUEST FOR BIDS

The Development Authority of Jasper County will be accepting sealed bids pertaining to design and construction of three monument signs for Minneta Crossing Industrial Park on Edwards Road in Jasper County, Ga.

A pre-bid meeting will be conducted October 27 at 2 p.m. at the Jasper County Board of Commissioners office located at 126 W. Greene Street, Suite 18, Monticello, Ga 31064. The purpose of the meeting is to provide further information regarding the requested scope of work and services desired by the Development Authority of Jasper County. Attendance of the pre-bid meeting is not mandatory, but it is recommended.

Closing date for sealed bids shall be November 10, 2016 at 2 p.m.

Sealed bids for Minneta Crossing Industrial Park - Signage will be opened and read aloud on November 10, 2016 at 2 p.m. in the Jasper County Board of Commissioners meeting room 126 W. Greene Street, Suite 18, Monticello, Ga 31064

Plans, specifications, and contract documents may be obtained from Triple Point Engineering, Inc., 5233 Riverside Drive, Suite 101, Macon, Ga., 31210, phone 478-476-0700, upon payment of $200 for each set (non-refundable) or electronically for $25 (non-refundable). Bidding documents also are available for review at the Jasper County Board of Commissioners office located at 126 W. Greene Street, Suite 18, Monticello, GA during regular business hours.

Mail or deliver sealed bids to:
Development Authority of Jasper County
c/o Jasper County Board of Commissioners
126 W. Greene Street, Suite 18
Monticello, GA 31064

 

 

October 13, 2016    REQUEST FOR BIDS

The Development Authority of Jasper County will be accepting sealed bids pertaining to driveway/road construction at Minneta Crossing Industrial Park on Edwards Road in Jasper County, GA

A pre-bid meeting will be conducted October 27 at 2:00 pm at the Jasper County Board of Commissioners office located at 126 W. Greene Street, Suite 18, Monticello, GA 31064. The purpose of the meeting is to provide further information regarding the requested scope of work and services desired by the Development Authority of Jasper County. Attendance of the pre-bid meeting is not mandatory, but it is recommended.

Closing date for sealed bids shall be November 10, 2016 at 2:00 pm.

Sealed bids for Minneta Crossing Industrial Park - Driveway will be opened and read aloud on November 10, 2016 at 2:00 pm in the Jasper County Board of Commissioners meeting room, 126 W. Greene Street, Suite 18, Monticello, GA 31064

Plans, specifications, and contract documents may be obtained from Triple Point Engineering, Inc., 5223 Riverside Drive, Suite 101, Macon GA 31210, phone 478-476-0700, upon payment of $200 for each set (non-refundable) or electronically for $25 (non-refundable). Bidding documents also are available for review at the Jasper County Board of Commissioners office located at 126 W. Greene Street, Suite 18, Monticello, GA during regular business hours.

Mail or deliver sealed bids to:
Development Authority of Jasper County 
c/o Jasper County Board of Commissioners
126 W. Greene Street, Suite 18
Monticello, GA 31064


 

In The News...

August 24, 2016 - Minneta Crossing Project

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has selected Jasper County’s Minneta Crossing Project as the recipient of a $452,000.00 OneGeorgia Equity Award from the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.

The Minneta Crossing Project is an industrial park area being developed to bring new green industries into Jasper County. The award provided funding for the purchase of additional land, site preparation, streets, and professional services for industrial development. The land for the project is located along Highway 83 S and Edwards Road. The acquisition consists of 37.73 acres which will be added to the existing 20 acre industrial park at that location for a total of 57.73 acres.

Utilizing one-third of Georgia’s share of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement to assist the state’s most economically challenged areas, the OneGeorgia Authority anticipates spending $1.6 billion on investments in Georgia’s rural counties. The goal of the OneGeorgia Authority is to offer financial partnerships with rural communities to create strong economies in all business sectors, allowing new and existing industries, both large and small, to flourish. OneGeorgia is bridging Georgia’s economic divide by ensuring balanced growth across the state and helping to guarantee that all Georgians have access to economic opportunities in their own communities.

Ms. Jan Gaston, Chair, said the Development Authority’s in-kind share for the project will be $29,000 in land, $48,000 in signage, and $21,000 in professional fees, audits, and grant administration.

Correspondence in support of the project stated, “Minneta Crossing Industrial Park will insure new jobs for the citizens of Monticello and Jasper County and an increase in economic activity within the downtown area. As part of the City’s Service Delivery Area, the City of Monticello owns a water storage tank next to Minneta Crossing. The City has the capacity to serve both water and natural gas to the park and its future industries. Additionally, as a Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia community, the City of Monticello can be a choice for electrical power for new industrial park tenants”.

Ms. Gaston expressed her appreciation to Camila Knowles, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Community Affairs and her staff for approving the award. She also thanked Representative Susan Holmes, Chairman Gene Trammell and the Jasper County Board of Commissioners, Mayor Bryan Standifer, Mayor Pro Tempore Stone Workman, and the Monticello City Council, and the Boards of Commissioners of Butts, Jones, and Morgan County, along with Central Georgia EMC for their generous letters of regional support for the project.