Here are some of the services our Community and Economic Development Program delivers to Southern Georgia communities:
SGRC's Economic Development Program focuses on improving the economic condition of businesses and communities in Southern Georgia. This program facilitates local and regional projects that promote economic development and job creation as well as the planning and development of industrial park sites. The Economic Development program also provides research and marketing services for communities to draw new business to the region. Our Economic Development Program also delivers grant writing and technical assistance to Southern Georgia governments. Current regional economic development documents can be downloaded below.
Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)
The Southern Georgia Regional Commission's (SGRC) CEDS is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic road map to diversify and strengthen the regional economy. The SGRC CEDS will analyze the regional economy and serve as a guide for establishing regional goals and objectives, a regional plan of action, and the investment priorities and funding sources. The SGRC CEDS is a regionally-owned strategy that is the result of a continuing economic development planning process developed with regional public and private sector participation.
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A Comprehensive Plan outlines a framework for the development of an area, recognizing the physical, economic, social, political, aesthetic, and related factors of a community. Per state requirements, each local government in Georgia must prepare, adopt, maintain, and implement a Comprehensive Plan that meets the required Minimum Standards, to be updated every five years. A comprehensive plan typically results from lengthy and intensive analysis, and provides the overall guiding principles for growth and development of a community. SGRC provides technical assistance to Southern Georgia local governments for comprehensive planning. For information specific to each community's Comprehensive Plan, see the links below. Also check our Facebook page for updates.
The first workshop for the Regional Plan Update will be Thursday, September 21, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., at the SGRC office, 327 W Savannah Ave., Valdosta, GA.
Local Plans (Listed By County)
Ben Hill County
External Comprehensive Planning Links:
Land Development Codes and Zoning Ordinances
Joint Land Use Studies
SGRC provides technical assistance to local governments in comprehensive planning, local development regulations information, and public policy options, as well as the improvement of the economic condition of businesses and communities in Southern Georgia.
Community & Economic Development