DAPC moves ahead on sev­eral key ini­tia­tives

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - SJ Edi­tor By Kevin Myrick

The De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity of Polk County has a lot on its plate at any given time. From try­ing to help new in­dus­trial part­ners find a home lo­cally to seek­ing out new op­por­tu­ni­ties, Pres­i­dent and CEO Missy Ken­drick stays busy.

Dur­ing the DA PC board’s lat­est meet­ing for April, she out­lined her lat­est work to bring busi­ness to the area, and from a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent an­gles.

One of those is how to get more film pro­duc­tions to call Polk County home.

Ken­drick gave an up­date to the board about the initial work be­ing done to get an or­ga­nized ef­fort to­gether for the Film Polk ini­tia­tive she launched in past weeks, as well as pro­vide some good news.

Pre­vi­ous cov­er­age of her work on Film Polk 2018 is al­ready get­ting statewide at­ten­tion, which pro­vided Ken­drick an ad­di­tional con­tact point for the DAPC to have when pro­mot­ing the area as a set­ting for movie or tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tions.

She also said that she’s look­ing to work with the cities and the county to en­sure that ev­ery­one has sim­i­lar or­di­nances in place that gov­ern how film crews can op­er­ate, and what fees they’ll have to pay in or­der to en­sure the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties work to­gether in a united ef­fort to at­tract film crews lo­cally.

The ini­tia­tive seeks to cap­i­tal­ize off of what started last sum­mer with Hap and Leonard lo­cat­ing much of their pro­duc­tion work in Cedar­town for the third sea­son as the city played the fic­tional lo­ca­tion of Grove­town, Texas, which is cur­rently run­ning on Sun­dance TV.

In re­cent weeks, Aragon has been the set­ting of a rap video, and last week Cedar­town was se­lected to be part of a new HBO se­ries.

Ken­drick sees it as the first steps to mak­ing sure that Polk County is head­ing in the right di­rec­tion when it comes to work­ing with pro­duc­tion crews to lo­cate here — and thus spend money lo­cally in­stead of else­where on a va­ri­ety of items — and pro­vide a po­ten­tial new in­dus­try for the area to cap­i­tal­ize on.

In the mean­time, the reg­u­lar work of the DAPC car­ries on as Ken­drick re­mains busy keep­ing up with re­quests for busi­ness prospects in the area.

She re­ported that prospect ac­tiv­ity has re­mained steady and “heavy” in the past months, with sev­eral re­quests for in­for­ma­tion on prop­er­ties and lo­cal agree­ments car­ry­ing over from the month of March, and three new ones since the start of April.

Since no ac­tual agree­ments have been signed, she had no fur­ther in­for­ma­tion to pro­vide on those prospects.

In the mean­time, there’s other ar­eas keep­ing the DAPC busy at work as well. Ken­drick is pre­par­ing for a trip to Dal­las, Texas in the com­ing weeks to rep­re­sent Polk County at a ‘Meet the Con­sul­tants’ con­fer­ence for an In­ter­na­tional Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil meet­ing.

She’s also work­ing with two banks — Suntrust and Southcrest — on loan re­newals for two prop­er­ties the DAPC is still search­ing for buy­ers to take on, the Ear­ley prop­erty and the SPEC build­ing com­pleted in 2014.

There’s also a monthly lun­cheon and red car­pet tour com­ing up for the Ge­or­gia Eco­nomic De- vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion to pre­pare for as well.

Among the vot­ing items the board con­sid­ered dur­ing the DAPC’s monthly ses­sion, they ap­proved of a new mem­ber to take over the spot on the Polk County Col­lege and Ca­reer Acad­emy Board va­cated by Britt Mad­den Jr.

Since Mad­den is run­ning for the school board, he had to give up the po­si­tion on the board since re­main­ing there would have been a conflict of in­ter­est.

Karen Nis­sen, who also sits on that board and is a non-vot­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the DAPC, rec­om­mended that Ge­or­gia Power’s Tim Turner take over the po­si­tion, since he has long ties in the com­mu­nity and two chil­dren in the Polk School Dis­trict.

“He’s also done a lot of work with us on our build­ing (the Cedar­town Cam­pus of the Polk County Col­lege and Ca­reer Acad­emy),” Nis­sen said.

She said she felt he’d make a great ad­di­tion to the Col­lege and Ca­reer Acad­emy board.

DAPC board mem­bers unan­i­mously ap­proved of the se­lec­tion. Turner will still have to go be­fore the Polk County Chamber of Com­merce board for ap­proval, since the two are putting forth the nom­i­na­tions for a new mem­ber.

Also, Ken­drick said that work is still un­der­way on re­fin­ing the lan­guage of the In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Agree­ment, and hopes to have that back be­fore the board some­time dur­ing the com­ing sum­mer.

Kevin Myrick / SJ

DAPC board mem­bers gather for their April busi­ness meet­ing at the Cedar­town Wel­come Cen­ter and De­pot.

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