BUSINESS & INDUSTRY
relationship that industry shares with local government, it’s a perfect environment in which to grow or establish a company.” Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation (YMMC) has called Coweta County home for the last 28 years, manufacturing its golf carts, ATVs and personal water sport vehicles here. According to Executive Vice President Michael Chrzanowski, Yamaha initially selected Coweta County because of the availability of talented workers, a superior quality of life and a government structure that was willing to support business needs. Chrzanowski, like Wright, spoke of the importance of close cooperation between local government entities and the development authority to help business and industry – existing and new – to flourish. “The county secures the needed utilities, resources and infrastructure to support the growing community, without losing its southern charm,” Chrzanowski said. Hasco W. Craver IV, Newnan’s business development director, cites Newnan’s 5 percent vacancy in commercial properties citywide as another indicator that development is healthy in the city. Low-interest loan programs brought businesses like Meat ‘N’ Greet and Gillyweed to the city, and now the DDA is helping to renovate the old Murray Printing building for commercial and residential use. “Both the HealthSouth and Cancer Treatment Centers of America projects were a partnership between the city and the CCDA – working together for a larger goal,” Craver said. “We’re two jurisdictions that agree and move forward with presenting an incentive package. We’re looking at it together and asking, ‘does this make sense for our community?’ Let’s go together and do an incentive deal.” The DDA also helped manage the University of West Georgia project. Using its power to secure its debt and manage the project – the end goal to create a pipeline of educated people who are ready to enter the workforce or giving adult learners the chance to go back to school in the community – has become a reality. From financial incentives to hosting a high quality of life and an educated workforce, Newnan and Coweta County provide the full scope of what any new or existing company may need. CL
20 Coweta Living 2016-17
Low-interest loan programs brought places like Gillyweed and Meat 'N' Greet to downtown Newnan.