Hice Tours Newton County Businesses
Newton/Covington Office of Economic Development Shows 10th District Representative Why Businesses and New Residents Should “Select Newton”
COVINGTON, GA – The Newton/Covington Office of Economic Development (NCOED) hosted Congressman Jody Hice (R-GA) this week for an economic development tour of the area. The NCOED gave Hice, who represents Georgia’s 10th District, a picture of the economic opportunities presented by longstanding businesses and those just breaking ground located in the Newton, Covington, and Walton area. Representative Hice visited three businesses on his tour of the region, which took place on Wednesday, April 11th. Bard Medical, a division of C.R. Bard, Inc., and Bridgestone Golf are both long-term business residents of Covington; the two together employ nearly 1,000 people. The third site on Hice’s visit was the future location of Three Ring Studios, a film, TV, music, and video game production site scheduled to be operational by December 2017 with a potential for creating up to 3,000 direct jobs, including 2,000 in the county.
“Promoting economic development in the 10th District is vital to ensuring that Georgia remains the best place to do business,” said Congressman Hice. “Newton County has built a thriving community that offers not only new job opportunities, but real career choices. I applaud the hard work and dedication of our community leaders, who have helped make Newton County a place where people are encouraged to settle down and build a long-term future with their friends and family.”
“Almost 100,000 people moved to metro Atlanta last year, many in search of job opportunities,” said David Bernd, vice president of economic development, NCOED. “Our job is to continue to build a quality talent pool and recruit residents within the Metro Atlanta region to make Newton County their home, which increases out potential workforce. That will in turn attract more businesses to relocate to Newton and continue to encourage our existing businesses to expand operations.”
The Atlanta area is the ninth-largest metropolitan statistical area in the country. The region grew by 1.6 percent from 2015 to 2016, boosting its population to 5,789,700. Metro Atlanta also added 77,000 jobs last year, the third-highest total among the nation’s 12 largest metro areas, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Atlanta Regional Commission. The 29- county Atlanta area trailed only Dallas and Phoenix. 1,144 of those new jobs were in the Newton, Covington, and Walton area.
“Newton County has done a remarkable job of building a thriving community that includes quality of life, good schools and just enough distance from metro Atlanta to retain that sense of 'small town' community,” added Bernd. “People are encouraged to settle here, to build a long- term future with a job and a family. I predict we will continue to see significant growth here over the next decade.”
Congressman Hice meeting with Bard Medical employees during a recent site visit
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