Madison County leaders say the county needs more business, but what are they willing to do to lure commercial development inside county lines?
That’s what members of the Madison County Board of Commissioners and the industrial development authority discussed around the large meeting table in the historic old courthouse in Danielsville March 17.
Ultimately, they agreed that they need to develop a “basic package” of what the county can offer to potential businesses — as well as already established county businesses with an eye toward expansion.
“We need to develop a basic package of what we can offer,” said industrial authority member Gerry Burdette.
Other leaders agreed. And county commissioners will have further discussions regarding the specifics of what can be made available. The two groups will then meet again to talk about incentive plans, but no dates for future meetings were set.
County industrial authority executive director Marvin White asked for the meeting between the two groups, noting that he has been approached by businesses, who have inquired about what incentives the county can offer for locating in Madison County. He said there’s currently nothing he can offer, adding that surrounding counties, with the exception of Oglethorpe County, have developed incentive plans.
“Madison County is in desperate need of commercial growth,” said White, who pointed out that the county brings in roughly $12 million in sales tax revenues over six years, compared to about $100 million in Clarke County over five years.