$9.5 mil­lion com­ing to FFA/FCCLA Cen­ter

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The Ge­or­gia FFA/FCCLA Cen­ter in New­ton County will re­ceive an in­fu­sion of funds, with $9.5 mil­lion in ad­di­tional grand funds in the fis­cal year 2016 state bud­get to con­struct new build­ings.

New­ton County leg­is­la­tors State Sen. Rick Jef­fares, R-McDonough and State Rep. Dave Bel­ton, R-Buck­head, an­nounced the funds Mon­day.

The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives gave fi­nal, unan­i­mous, ap­proval to the fis­cal year 2016 bud­get, or HB 76, on Tues­day, March 31, 2015.

“I’m proud of the Ge­or­gia Gen­eral As­sem­bly for their sup­port of this beau­ti­ful fa­cil­ity through the 2016 state bud­get,” Jef­fares said. “I would like to es­pe­cially thank the mem­bers of our lo­cal del­e­ga­tion for work­ing with us to se­cure the im­por­tant funds. The FFA- FCCLA Cen­ter pro­vides more than 30,000 chil­dren with more than 160,000 meals ev­ery year.”

The 75-year old fa­cil­ity will see new con­struc­tion, in­clud­ing for a dining hall and ac­tiv­i­ties cen­ter.

“Th­ese funds will al­low the Ge­or­gia FFA-FCCLA Cen­ter to con­struct a new 30,000 square foot dining fa­cil­ity and 15,000 square foot new ac­tiv­ity cen­ter. The ban­quet hall will be one of the largest meet­ing ar­eas this side of At­lanta,” Bel­ton said. “The ac­tiv­ity cen­ter is a mul­ti­pur­pose fa­cil­ity that will seat more than 700 for a ban­quet meal. Th­ese build­ings will be avail­able for count­less or­ga­ni­za­tions in New­ton and the sur­round­ing coun­ties to use and en­joy. We are proud to be able to sup­port this fa­cil­ity in New­ton County”

The FFA/FCCLA is one of the largest youth camps in Ge­or­gia. The cur­rent dining fa­cil­ity is more than 75 years old.

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