Newton/Covington Office of Economic Development Shows 10th District Representative Why Businesses and New Residents Should “Select Newton”
The Newton/Covington Office of Economic Development (NCOED) hosted Georgia Congressman Jody Hice this week on a tour of the area’s biggest business residents. The OED sought to give Hice, who represents Georgia’s 10th district, a picture of the economic opportunities presented by the current businesses located in the Newton/Covington/Walton area, as well as by some of the newer businesses just now breaking ground there.
“Almost 100,000 people moved to metro Atlanta last year, many in search of job opportunities,” said David Bernd, vice president of economic development, NCOED. “Our job is to continue to build a quality talent pool and recruit residents within the Metro Atlanta region to make Newton County their home, which increases our potential workforce. That will in turn attract more businesses to relocate to Newton and continue to encourage our existing businesses to expand operations.”
Hice visited three businesses on his tour of the region, which took place on Tuesday, April 11. Bard Medical, a division of C.R. Bard, Inc., and Bridgestone Golf are both long-term business residents of Covington; the two together employ about 1,000. The third site on Hice’s visit was the future location of Three Ring Studios, a film, TV, music and video game production site scheduled to be operational by December 2017 with a potential for up to 3,000 new jobs, 2,000 in the county.
“Newton County has done a remarkable job of building a thriving community that includes quality of life, good schools and just enough distance from metro Atlanta to retain that sense of ‘small town’ community,” added Bernd. “People are encouraged to settle here, to build a long-term future with a job and a family. I predict we will continue to see significant growth here over the next decade.”
About The Newton/Covington Office of Economic Development
The Newton/Covington Office Of Economic Development (NCOED) is a public partnership funded by City of Covington and Newton County Chamber of Commerce, City of Covington and Newton County to act as a single point of contact for economic development projects within Newton County and serve as a true regional partner with the Newton/Walton County area. NCOED is responsible for recruiting new business and industry; working with existing business and industry on expansions and retention; developing a workforce that is “second to none” in the nation; and driving development to become the Northeast Georgia Regional Retail Hub.
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