Film industry, improved transportation top area development agenda

Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown (L) was one of the panelists on hand for the 2013 South Metro Development Outlook conference held Feb. 20 in College Park. Brown noted Fayette’s quality of life and the need to work with surrounding counties on regional transportation needs. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Ga. International Convention Center was overflowing on Feb. 20 as representatives from the region made their way to College Park for the 2013 South Metro Development Outlook conference. Among the speakers from across south metro Atlanta were Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown and Fayette County Development Authority CEO Matt Forshee.

Brown in the session on new regional leadership served on the panel with Henry County Commission Chairman Tommy Smith and Clayton County Commission Chairman Jeff Turner. Read More»

Pinewood Studios equals major economic benefits

Matt Forshee, CEO of the Fayette County Development Authority, briefing the Fayetteville City Council Feb. 22. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Initial infusions into local economy over 5 years: $192 million; impact compared to Kia plant

There was a flurry of potential development discussion Feb. 22 at the Fayetteville City Council’s annual retreat.

Fayette County Development Authority CEO Matt Forshee made a brief presentation on the Pinewood Studios Group and the plans for the Project Stargate film and television studio facility planned for a 288-acre tract on Sandy Creek Road northwest of Fayetteville.

As for Pinewood’s entree into the United States by way of Fayette County, Forshee said the studio’s goal is to start with a small studio and grow it bigger than anything existing today in metro Atlanta. Read More»

Senoia Enterprises receives economic development award

Senoia Enterprises President Scott Tigchelaar (center) received the 2013 Economic Development Award at the 2013 South Metro Development Outlook conference held Feb. 20 at the Ga. International Convention Center in College Park. Also pictured are The Collaborative Firm managing partner Michael Hightower (L) and Coweta County Commission Chairman Bob Blackburn who presented the award. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The annual South Metro Development Outlook conference was held Feb. 20 at the Ga. International Convention Center in College Park. Serving on the panel addressing metro Atlanta and Georgia’s burgeoning film industry was Senoia Enterprises President Scott Tigchelaar, whose company received an award for Outstanding Commitment to Economic Development.

Tigchelaar during the film industry segment of the day-long conference was joined by panelists such as Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Director Lee Thomas and Tyler Perry Studios location scout Jason Underwood. Read More»

Rep. Ramsey backs better tax breaks for creating new jobs

To help spur economic growth statewide and in Fayette County, Rep. Matt Ramsey has introduced a bill to increase tax credits for new job creation while also reducing the minimum threshold to help benefit more businesses.

House Bill 186 would increase the credit from $750 to $2,000 for each new job created, add a $250 bonus credit for an existing company that is expanding and lower the job creation threshold from 25 jobs to 10 jobs for counties such as Fayette. Read More»

Senoia featured in state travel guide

Senoia featured in state travel guide

The Southern Ground Social Club in Senoia was the setting for the unveiling Feb. 11 of the 2013 edition of the Georgia Travel Guide. Presented as a pair this year, one cover features the hit television series “The Walking Dead” being filmed in and around the city while the other features country music artist Zac Brown. Showing off the new travel guide is, from left, Newnan Coweta Chamber of Commerce board member Dean Jackson, Senoia City Councilman Maurice Grover, Ga. Dept. Read More»

PTC medical plastics firm wants to double size of its plant

A local manufacturing plant plans to undertake a significant expansion, adding nearly 120,000 square feet to its existing site with plans for an additional 64,000 sq. ft. building in the future. Read More»

Future vision: Traverse Fayetteville in your own pod

What the pod transit system might look like, from the JPods Corp. website.

‘This is not mass transit. This is personal transit.’

Picture personal transportation pods running along a small monorail system that would link various portions of Fayetteville.

No, it’s not a scene from the futuristic TV animated comedy series, “The Jetsons.” Instead, it’s from Atlanta-based JPods Corp. president Bill James in a presentation to the Fayetteville City Council on Feb. 7. Read More»

How Fayette will profit big from an 8-year-old tax law

Former state Senator Mitch Seabaugh of Sharpsburg. File photo.

State tax credit helps blockbuster studio deal

News broke last week that world-famous Pinewood Studios of London is brokering a deal to develop what would become the largest movie studio in Georgia right in the middle of rural Fayette County ... and a short distance from Piedmont Fayette Hospital.

The groundwork for such a blockbuster is rooted in large part in state tax credits championed by former state Senator Mitch Seabaugh of neighboring Sharpsburg back in 2004. Read More»

Planners to hear 1 industrial, 2 commercial expansion proposals Monday night

Plans for a doubling in size for a local manufacturing plant, an 81-room hotel and a new workout gym are all on the discussion agenda for Monday night at the Peachtree City Planning Commission. Read More»

Braelinn Kroger gets OK to expand

A plan to expand the Braelinn Kroger grocery store by nearly 43,000 sq. ft. was approved unanimously by the Peachtree City Council Thursday night.

The store will be fully renovated on the inside to make room for a Starbucks bistro, a sushi bar, a salad bar and other expanded services for customers along with wider aisles.

The expansion will bring the Kroger’s size to about 110,000 sq. ft. Packaged with the renovation, the project represents a significant expenditure for the company, city officials said. Read More»