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April 18--  The Trump administration hosted a conference in Washington on economic opportunity zones and Toombs County Commission Chairman David Sikes is one of two county commissioners invited from Georgia by the National Association of County Commissions.

sikestrumpPresident Trump addressed the conference and Chairman Sikes says there's an economic opportunity zone east of U.S. Highway One in Toombs County that qualifies for the investment program, "There are a lot of good areas in there where you could invest in housing projects or in manufacturing, it's not exclusive to housing.  It's keyed in on investors so they'll have tax deferrals for ten years.  Now, in ten years, you can almost double your interest and if your making eight to nine profit on this real estate property, you can literally take what you would have to pay in taxes and double your money.  I don't know who wouldn't like that," the chairman observed.

Chairman Sikes says it was a surprise when the President showed up to speak and he got some insights you don't hear from the main stream media, "I actually met one of their attorneys in the Eisenhower Building and I said, "Hey, level with me.  How does our President really act?"  He said, "He's one of the greatest guys you'll ever meet.  All the stuff you see on TV or hear on the news, none of that stuff is real, he's a really wonderful person." 

"That made me proud," the chairman said, "I love Toombs County, I love this country and to have the opportunity to come up here and have a voice is a humbling, humbling matter."

sikescarsonChairman Sikes met Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Ben Carson during the conference.

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