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Chairman Austin gives annual State of the County Address
by Adam Elrod
March 13, 2013 08:45 AM | 2209 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Jane Austin, husband County Commission Chairman David Austin and Jaydee Smith gather after his State of the County address at the Paulding County Senior Center.
From left, Jane Austin, husband County Commission Chairman David Austin and Jaydee Smith gather after his State of the County address at the Paulding County Senior Center.
County Commission Chairman David Austin said there are three main goals for Paulding County: a new water source, encouraging economic development and improving its transportation infrastructure.

Austin, speaking during his 2013 State of the County Address last week, spoke of how the county has made progress on these three goals and how there is still work to be done in the future.

On the subject of water, Austin spoke about the planned construction of Richland Creek Reservoir, and the progress made on it.

Gov. Nathan Deal will meet with Col. Ed Jackson, commander of the South Atlantic Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to help move the reservoir permitting process along, Austin said.

The corps regulates the permitting of new reservoirs on public waterways.

He said Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin is a friend in helping fund the reservoir as the chairman of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District Board, which helps governments attain low-interest loans.

David Austin also told about advancements in economic development in the county, including construction of the new WellStar Paulding Hospital, the Atlanta Film Studio Paulding County, Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport, the new Dallas Industrial Park and more.

He disclosed that a pilot episode for an AMC cable TV series will be filmed at the studio.

Austin also told of the potential for economic advancement with the new hospital, which is scheduled to open in April 2014.

“This project will create 300 to 500 new medical jobs and will serve as the gateway to the Paulding corporate corridor,” Austin said, in reference to fast-developing Bill Carruth Parkway.

He said the Dallas Industrial Park is within a state opportunity zone where companies get state tax credits for creating jobs.

“This was a foreclosed subdivision in bankruptcy that will now be the future home of Haddad’s film support company,” Austin said.

The third goal is improving transportation, he said. The county is working to make the road systems in Paulding more convenient for residents by building such roads as the East Hiram Parkway bypass road.

He left those attending the Paulding County Chamber of Commerce’s Georgia Power luncheon with two thoughts.

He borrowed the advertising phrase “Rise Up” from the Atlanta Falcons to challenge residents to rise and help lead Paulding to future success.

Then he quoted Proverbs 29:18: Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

He said the county has a vision, but cannot reach it without the help of its residents.

“You watch people every day on social media throw rocks at plans, at leadership, but never ask themselves, ‘What can I do to contribute?’” Austin said.

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