Georgetown Quitman County GA

Economic Development Authority

Georgetown-Quitman Economic Development Authority

Local Economic Development(LED)offers local government, the private and not-for-profit sectors, and localcommunities the opportunity to work together to improve the localeconomy.  It focuses on enhancing competitiveness, increasing sustainablegrowth and ensuring that growth is inclusive.  LED encompasses a range ofdisciplines including physical planning, economics and marketing.  It alsoincorporates many local government and private sector functions includingenvironmental planning, business development, infrastructure provision, realestate development and finance.  

The practice of localeconomic development can be undertaken at different geographic scales.  Alocal government pursues LED strategies for the benefit of its jurisdiction,and individual communities and areas within a local government’s jurisdiction canpursue LED strategies to improve their economic competitiveness.  Suchapproaches are most successful if pursued in partnership with local governmentstrategies.  LED are thus about communities continually improving theirinvestment climate and business-enabling environment to enhance theircompetitiveness, retain jobs and improve incomes?  Local communitiesrespond to their LED needs in many ways, and a variety of approaches can betaken that include:

  • Ensuring that the localinvestment climate is functional for local businesses;
  • Supporting small andmedium sized enterprises;
  • Encouraging theformation of new enterprises;
  • Attracting externalinvestment (nationally and internationally);
  • Investing in physical(hard) infrastructure;
  • Investing in softinfrastructure (educational and workforce development, institutional supportsystems and regulatory issues);
  • Supporting the growthof particular clusters of businesses;
  • Targeting particularparts of the city for regeneration or growth (areas based initiatives);
  • Supporting informaland newly emerging businesses;
  • Targeting certaindisadvantaged groups

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P. O. Box 114,

Georgetown, GA 39854



Danny Blackmon, Chairman                                 Leslie Culver,Clerk

Mattie Johnson                                                        Mindy Ward

Ed Balkcom                                                               Jerry Green

Tyrice Foster


U.S. Economic Development Administration

Georgia Department of Economic Development                                                                                                                          

RiverValley Regional Commission