Joint Development Authority receives "Deal of the Year" Award

COVINGTON -- The Joint Development Authority of Jasper, Morgan, Newton and Walton counties has been recognized by the Georgia Economic Developers Association for its "outstanding achievement in the location/expansion of business in Georgia," and is the recipient of the "Deal of the Year" Award.

The JDA was recognized for the Baxter International project which will go into Stanton Springs, the multi-jurisdictional park created in 1997, where the company purchased 160 acres. The project will create 1,500 jobs, generate a community investment of approximately $1 billion and will represent the largest life sciences company in the state and one of the largest in the world.

This is the fifth year that GEDA has recognized the major projects from the previous year.

The Deal of the Year Awards recognize outstanding achievement in the location or expansion of new businesses in the state of Georgia that meet community economic development goals and involve significant community program support, such as financial or permitting assistance, workforce development, state financial support, etc.

Celebrating 50 years of service excellence, the Georgia Economic Developers Association is the leading professional organization advancing Georgia's economic vitality. GEDA is a non-profit association of professionals, volunteers and supporters. The association provides networking and professional development opportunities for its members, and supports public policies that promote quality job creation and sustainable economic development throughout the state.

For more information, visit www.geda.org.


will 3 years, 2 months ago

This is an honor for sure. Does the employees childrens education come into play when awarding this honor, i guess not. It will be good having Baxter here but I bet most of the executives kids will never set foot in a Newton county school.


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