ATLANTA (November 16, 2020) – The Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA) recognized the Development Authority of Telfair County and Telfair County Chamber of Commerce for an “outstanding achievement in the location of business in Georgia” at its Annual Awards luncheon on Monday. Telfair County was recognized because of the Guidoni USA project, which announced in November of 2019. Bert Brantley, Deputy Chief of Staff for Governmental Affairs at the Office of Governor Brian P. Kemp, presented the award on behalf of Telfair County to Paula Anderson, President of the Telfair County Chamber of Commerce, Debbie Bullard, Development Authority of Telfair County and Daniel Say, Guidoni USA representative.
The project will create 455 jobs and invest more than $96 million to establish a manufacturing plant Telfair. Guidoni USA is a manufacturer of ornamental rocks that plans to import raw product from Brazil through the Port of Savannah. This project located in an existing building that was vacant for only six months. This international company will have a significant impact on the region and plans to support numerous satellite industries. Community leaders worked together seamlessly to present a dynamic and aggressive incentives package that showcased Telfair County as the top location for Guidoni USA’s new facility.
About the Award
This is now the thirteenth year that GEDA has recognized the major projects from the previous year. In what has become a major portion of the Annual Awards Ceremony – GEDA recognizes recipients in three categories:
SMALL – a county with population under 25,000,
MID-SIZE – a county with population 25,00 – 100,000,
LARGE – a county with population over 100,000,
The Deal of the Year Awards recognize outstanding achievement in the location or expansion of businesses in the state of Georgia that meet community economic development goals and involve significant community program support, such as financial or permitting assistance, workforce development, state financial support, etc.
The Georgia Economic Developers Association is a nonprofit association of professionals, volunteers and supporters. The association provides networking and professional development opportunities for its members and supports public policies that promote quality job creation and sustainable economic development throughout the state. For more information, visit www.geda.org.
Photo Left to Right:
Fernanda Kirchner-Project Manager, International Investment, Georgia Department of Economic Development;
Debbie Bullard, Development Authority of Telfair County; Paula Anderson-President, Telfair County Chamber of Commerce; Daniel Say-Project Manager, Guidoni USA; Eric Smith-Local Manager-Georgia Power.
On September 30, 2020 Michelle Delaney, Field Representative for the office of Congressman Austin Scott met with Paula Anderson, President of Telfair County Chamber of Commerce, Neal Stanley, Chair of the Telfair County Board of Commissioners, Johnny Burkett, Mayor of Lumber City, Mike Young, Mayor of McRae-Helena, Melissa Jones, City Manager of McRae-Helena, and Glenn Giles, Police Chief of McRae-Helena.
Following the meeting, Mrs. Delaney was given a tour of the new Telfair County Public Safety Facility in Milan and the Guidoni, USA facility in McRae-Helena followed by a delicious lunch at Southern Star Grill