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  • Deal: Sandler AG to create more than 140 jobs in Houston County

    September 24, 2015

    Gov. Nathan Deal announced today during an economic development mission to Germany that Sandler AG, a German textile supplier, will complete construction of a manufacturing plant in Perry. This represents an investment of more than $30 million and will create more than 140 new jobs in Houston County.

    “Sandler’s leadership team in Germany is taking advantage of a significant opportunity for growth in Georgia,” said Deal. “We have the capability to provide them with access to a skilled workforce, a distribution-friendly location and a strong pro-business climate. These factors were key in Sandler’s decision to come to Georgia, and I look forward to seeing the positive impact this project will have on our state.”

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  • Macon Telegraph: Macon Telegraph: New York City Fire Department heading to Perry for large exercise

    Perry, Georgia, September 2015

    One of the nation’s largest and most revered fire departments is coming to Perry for a mass disaster-training exercise. The New York City Fire Department’s All Hazard Incident Management Team will be at the Guardian Centers from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, according to a news release. Recent seismic studies indicate New York has an increased risk of a major earthquake, and the exercise will be geared toward responding to such an event. The multi-agency exercise will include about 400 first responders from across the country, said Jeff Battcher, spokesman for the Guardian Centers. About 300 of the participants will be from New York.

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  • Alfre Woodard Stars In TLC's Who Do You Think You Are?

    Perry, Georgia, August 2015

    Award winning actress Alfre Woodard recently visited Houston County in order to film an episode of TLC's Who Do You Think You Are? Alfre spent two days researching her family history at the Houston County Courthouse located in Perry, Georgia. Throughout the episode Alfre explores downtown Perry as well as surrounding land where her great-grandfather Alex Woodard worked and lived as a slave.

    Houston County Development Authority project manager Jade Morey said, “Working with Jennifer Sims of Forest Productions was an absolute joy. The crew was excited to be in Houston County and loved the local cuisine and fresh produce during their stay.”

    Development Authority executive director Angie Gheesling said, “I want to thank Judge Janice Spires and the staff at the Houston County Courthouse for their willingness to accommodate Ms. Alfre Woodard and the production crew during their shoot.”

    The Houston County Development Authority received rave reviews from the crew regarding the support of the community. “We want Hollywood to know that Houston County is a great place to do business” said the Authority’s executive director Angie Gheesling.

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  • BioLife Plasma Services ribbon cutting celebration

    Houston County location, March 2015

    The Biolife Plasma Service Center is now officially open in Warner Robins. The Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Houston County Development Authority, and other community members celebrated Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

    Watch the video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omSG7v838C0

     

  • Guardian Centers wins “Rock Star Award”

    Georgia.org, March 2015

    Guardian Centers wins “Rock Star Award” at Georgia Economic Developer’s annual Small Business Awards luncheon. Guardian Centers is an advanced disaster response training and validation complex.

  • Robins Air Force Base setting efficiency records

    The Telegraph, March 26, 2015

    Robins Air Force Base is doing well in the Air Force’s push for a more efficient and effective operation, a top general said Thursday.

    Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield said he plans to walk the production lines at the base Friday, where he’s seeing airplanes getting turned around in record times with record quality, improved labor relations and a top safety history...
     

  • Officials studying civilian use of Georgia's Robins Air Force Base

    Starts and Stripes, March 12, 2015

    Houston County officials have launched an effort that could put civilian businesses inside Georgia's Robins Air Force Base and potentially allow the runway to serve both military and civilian customers...

  • Best Places for Engineers

    Nerd Wallet , February 23, 2015

    Computer programmers flock to Silicon Valley, financial professionals to New York and entertainers to Los Angeles. But if you’re an engineer looking for a new job, head south.

    NerdWallet ranked the best metropolitan areas in the country for engineers, and 11 of the top 20 places on our list are in Southern states, including two in Alabama and three in Texas....
     

  • State buys more than 100 Houston County homes for RAFB encroachment

    The Telegraph, January 31, 2015

    Georgia became one of Houston County’s biggest landlords by buying more than 100 houses, mobile homes and apartment units that could threaten the future of Robins Air Force Base. But the land buys aren’t moving fast enough for some local politicians...

  • Houston County: Playing to Its Strengths

    Georgia Trend, January 2014

    Major General Bob McMahon (U.S.A.F. ret.) is a 34-year Air Force veteran and the former commander of Robins Air Force Base, a powerful engine that drives the economy of Middle Georgia. On this day he is briefing a visitor to his office in Warner Robins, the host city for Robins AFB and it 23,000 military and civilian personnel. McMahon’s military service and bearing demand rapt attention as he begins his talk with a bit of military trivia.

  • Houston land purchase could fuel economic development

    The Telegraph, January 7, 2015

    The Houston County Development Authority will chip in as much as $230,000 toward buying land that could prove critical to attracting more jobs.

    The authority voted Wednesday morning to help buy the property, which Houston County commissioners approved Tuesday. Commissioners agreed to buy the four parcels, which a survey says consists of about 383 acres, in a deal valued at about $708,000.

    But that land is rather valuable to the Development Authority, which expects to take possession of most of the property. It’s contiguous to a Frito-Lay plant,
    which is undergoing a $105 million renovation, and is almost next to Ga. 247.

  • Northrop Grumman Receives $210M to Sustain Joint STARS Fleet, Strengthening Robins AFB

    Middle Georgia CEO, Nov. 17, 2014

    The U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a $210 million contract to continue sustaining its E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) fleet. The contract is a continuation of Northrop Grumman's Joint STARS sustainment contract, which was first awarded in 2000.

    Northrop Grumman is responsible for the logistics, engineering, training, mission support, supply chain and depot maintenance support of the Joint STARS fleet at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, and forward operating locations throughout the world. Northrop Grumman has partnered with the Air Force on Joint STARS for nearly 30 years.

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