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December 27--  The new year is promising for economic development in Toombs County according to County Development Authority Chairman Harry Moses.

The Authority has overcome a longstanding issue with a shortage of natural gas at the Toombs County Corporate Center north of Lyons and is on the verge of a breakthrough when it comes to adequate wastewater treatment capacity.

"We've signed a lease with a local gas company (Conger Gas) to put a bulk plant there which can provide a continuous supply of propane gas to industries in the park.  We're limited right now on the amount of natural gas which is available and we've been working for several years to get that remedied.  It's a very expensive proposition and everyone in the state wants more natural gas service and it's a challenge to get it.  So, we've done an end run on the natural gas by putting propane in the park and we feel like we can check that off," Moses said.

He also sees a light at the end of the tunnel regarding wastewater treatment at the park, "We've worked diligently with Lyons regarding their sewer upgrade.  They've taken bids and they are evaluating them.  We're hopeful we'll get an announcement soon that they are proceeding with sewer expansion and that will be another checkbox for us."

"Prospect activity this year has picked up significantly and my prediction is that next year will be even busier," Moses said.

Development of a qualified workforce is another key ingredient to local economic development and Moses says a partnership with Southeastern Tech is promising,"We're taking a more involved and supporting role with the local workforce development committee which is primarily headed by STC.  David Yarbrough and his group are getting some real momentum and I think we'll be looking at even more of that in this upcoming year."

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