County Chair­man

KEITH EL­LIS

The Covington News - - LOCAL - This is the first of a se­ries of Q&A ses­sions with var­i­ous top elected of­fi­cials in New­ton County. To sug­gest ques­tions for spe­cific city or county is­sues, email re­porter Rob Dewig at rdewig@cov­news.

1. Why do some roads in New­ton County look bet­ter than oth­ers?

I am re­spon­si­ble for mow­ing, main­te­nance and other tasks such as road side trash re­moval. New­ton County has 780 miles of county roads. We have 4 trac­tors with bush hogs, a pav­ing crew and cur­rently 2 prison crews work­ing daily to main­tain your road sys­tem. . GDOT does the same for all state routes, such as Hwy 278, Hwy 162, Hwy 81, Hwy 36, Ac­cess Roads and the In­ter­state 20 Cor­ri­dor.

2. Why is New­ton County so ap­peal­ing to the movie in­dus­try?

New­ton County’s in­ter­state makes for a close prox­im­ity to their stu­dios in At­lanta. We wel­come pro­duc­tion com­pa­nies and strive to work with them. Added to that, our dif­fer­ent land­scapes, homes and other as­sets make it easy for them to them to shoot on lo­ca­tion close to their base camp. A rich his­tory dat­ing back to the 70’s TV shows is also in­valu­able. The cham­ber does a good job pro­mot­ing Hol­ly­wood of the South.

3. How can the county help boost Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment?

Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment is a com­bined ef­fort be­tween the county and other en­ti­ties such as the cham­ber, JDA, and IDA as well as the City of Cov­ing­ton.

In­cen­tives are of­ten given to those who seek to lo­cate or con­tinue to do busi­ness in our county. Wise de­ci­sions as to whom to of­fer those in­cen­tives are crit­i­cal. Some businesses may fit our com­mu­nity bet­ter than oth­ers. For ex­am­ple, Bax­ter and their train­ing fa­cil­ity lo­cat­ing here is a trib­ute to those com­bined ef­forts. Suc­cesses such as these are due to a re­gional ap­proach rather than go­ing it alone as a County. Col­lab­o­ra­tion equals suc­cess.

4. How can I ask The Chair­man a ques­tion?

My door is al­ways open, please feel free to con­tact me at 678-625-1225. My email ad­dress is kel­lis@co.new­ton.ga.us. You may also con­tact Rob Dewig at the Cov­ing­ton News, rdewig@cov­news.com

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