Madison County Awarded Grant Funding by OneGeorgia Authority

Staff Report From Athens CEO

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

State Representatives Tom McCall (R-Elberton) and Alan Powell (R-Hartwell) announced that Madison County will receive $150,000 in special purpose grants from the OneGeorgia Authority to build an agricultural barn in Madison County.

“We are grateful that Madison County was awarded this grant funding from the OneGeorgia Authority,” said Rep. McCall. “Agriculture is the number one industry in Madison County, and these funds will continue to support agricultural education in our community.”

“This agriculture barn will provide unique learning opportunities for the students in Madison County,” said. Rep. Powell. “I am thankful to the OneGeorgia Authority for unanimously approving this award.”

Agricultural barns are used in public school systems for applied learning experiences and opportunities for Future Farmers of America, 4-H, Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE), as well as other science/technology and related coursework that involves agriculture to ensure food production and advancements; an educated, skilled and ready workforce; and public awareness related to Georgia’s $75 billion economic engine in the global economy.

Economic vitality in rural Georgia is the singular goal of the OneGeorgia Authority. From land acquisition, infrastructure development to machinery purchases, business relocation assistance and entrepreneur support, OneGeorgia provides grants and loans for these economic development activities to qualified applicants. The OneGeorgia Authority’s task is to serve as a financial partner and catalyst in helping our rural communities maintain excellent quality of life advantages while also creating sustainable and diversified economies.