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Toombs Dev Authority Plans for New Year
Wednesday, 18 November 2009

November 18--  Toombs County Development Authority members spent Wednesday afternoon in a planning retreat for the new year.

Two members of the Authority, John Robison of Lyons and chairman Sam Polk of Vidalia are completing their five-year terms on the board.  With the arrival of the Chicken of the Sea plant this year, Robison says he leaving on a high note.

"Our economy hopefully will pick up here in 2010.  We're just very blessed to have Chicken of the Sea come in here with the people they will employ.  I'm just glad to go out under these circumstances," he said.

Robison is being succeeded on the board by Michael Grimes of Lyons.

Polk says the Toombs Development Authority is fortunate to have the cooperation of local governments and the funding from Toombs County taxpayers to the tune of more than $500,000 a year.

"It's absolutely essential that we have funding from the county so we can have buildings to provide space for Chicken of the Sea and possibly a canning company which might come.  If we want to continue to grow, we absolutely have to have that funding," he notes.

Polk is being succeeded on the Authority by Wendell Dixon of Vidalia and in the chairperson's job by board member Pollyann Martin.  Other Authority officers are vice-chair B.J. Davis, Secretary Wayne Smith and Treasurer Chip Matheson.


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