Exciting growth to come in our region


One of the main priorities of the House Republican Caucus is to promote economic growth for all regions of Georgia and in particular rural Georgia. I have already shared with you the valuable work that the House Rural Development Council has done in addressing the unique challenges that rural communities in Georgia face in traditional economic development. Many rural communities succeed by cooperating with other communities or counties and working together to bring large-scale projects to their area. An excellent example of cooperation between the State of Georgia and local communities is the Bryan County mega-site and the I-16 mega-site regional water and sewer project.

Bryan County mega-site

In neighboring Bryan County, the state of Georgia has invested heavily in the Bryan County mega-site, a site of approximately 2,200 acres. The main partner of the megasite is the Savannah Harbor-Interstate 16 Corridor Joint Development Authority, which includes Bryan County, Bulloch County, Chatham County and Effingham County. The Mega-Site is adjacent to Interstate 16, with access to over 250 major metropolitan areas via Interstate 16 and Interstate 95.

In addition, the Mega-Site employs over 450,000 people within a 60 mile radius. The Bryan County mega-site will bring growth to Chatham, Effingham, Bryan and Bulloch counties (and beyond), impacting the region and our entire state! Importantly, the Bryan County mega-site is focusing on projects of regional significance that would affect the surrounding four counties and also attract smaller projects to surrounding counties.

The megasite I-16 regional waterworks and sewer project

A key component of the future development of the mega-site is the I-16 mega-site regional water and sewer project. Improving the water and sewer infrastructure in the area is critical to the success of the Bryan County Megasite. The water and sewer project will meet the ever-increasing demands of industrial users, commercial development and residential growth (including workforce housing) in the region. Not only will the water and sewer project serve the Bryan County mega-site, it will also serve existing businesses and residences and new industrial, commercial and residential developments along Highways 280 and 80. The project will also serve existing businesses and residences. The aqueduct and sewer also has the potential to serve the Effingham County-Savannah Portside International Park and the future Bloomingdale industrial development along I-16 and Jimmy Deloach Parkway.

This project will also support economic development and residential growth throughout the region. The project will create around 10,000 to 20,000 direct permanent jobs and 30,000 to 50,000 additional indirect permanent jobs over the next 20 years.

The regional impact of the water and sewer project, as well as the mega-site itself, is designed to transform the lives of Georgians working in the region. This project will improve the quality of jobs offered in the region, by attracting new employers to the region. These new jobs will solve the problems of underemployment and diversify the businesses and industries operating in the region.

I look forward to seeing the growth and continued positive economic impact of the Bryan County mega-site and the I-16 mega-site regional water and sewer project in the region and in particular the district. 159. As always, if you have any feedback, please feel free to call (404.656.5052), email, or engage on Facebook. If you would like to receive email updates, please visit my website to sign up for my newsletter or send me an email.

Jon Burns represents District 159 at the Georgia General Assembly, where he is the House Majority Leader.

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