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Atkinson County-Willacoochee Industrial Park Enhancement

Atkinson County and the City of Willacoochee were experiencing a decline in economic activity as railroads that once served the area had either pulled up their rail or abandoned service. To counter this trend, the City of Willacoochee, with the aid of a grant from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, purchased and renovated an abandoned railroad, which allowed a new company to move in, spawning economic development and creating 135 high-quality jobs. This continues to be a priority for the local government. The 2005 comprehensive plan as well as the most recent update called for expansion of the industrial park to attract and retain quality jobs within the County and the City of Willacoochee.  

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