The Newnan Times-Herald


Electric Cities team tours Newnan, Grantville

  • By Kandice Bell
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  • Aug. 30, 2017 - 4:59 AM

The Electric Cities of Georgia Bus tour stopped in Newnan and Grantville Tuesday to see what Coweta County has to offer prospective businesses.

Georgia Department of Economic Development project managers are updated on 159 county and 500-plus city assets, but the bus tour allows the managers to visit a group of electric city communities in one or two days.

City Manager Al Grieshaber spoke about the lack of traffic and the quiet, country living of Grantville, and City Engineer Brennan Jones presented the project managers with available business and industrial sites in Grantville.

“We have 100,000 people within 35 miles of the city with a high school diploma or better,” Grieshaber said, commenting on the available workforce near the city.

Grieshaber also said the city’s close proximity to the railroad and Interstate 85 made the city a good prospect for business.

Daryl Ingram, the senior vice president of external affairs-economic development with Electric Cities of Georgia, said the the tour is focusing on the I-85 South corridor. He said the tour is divided into territories.

As far as business goes in Coweta and the I-85 South corridor, Ingram said the quality of life and close proximity to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, railroads and I-85 create a recipe for growth.

“You will continue to see growth because medical and retail will follow the rooftops,” Ingram said in regard to the booming health care industry in Coweta.