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wants to invest in the community. They want to make sure great healthcare is available locally.” Greg Wright, president of the Coweta Development Authority, said the county made some big moves in the right direction the past year. “The big one is Elite Foam with 150 new jobs,” said Wright. “They’ve had three or four expansions in the past 10 years.” Elite Foam specializes in products that enhance a consumer’s sleep. The company has a location on Sprayberry Road and in Shenandoah Industrial Park in Newnan. “We’re just continuing to do what we’ve been doing,” said Wright. “Our goal is to help facilitate job creation in the county. The average wage in the county is $17.85 (per hour), and we want to raise that average wage, which is why we focus on health and manufacturing. Our focus is to continue to do that. Manufacturing has been very strong in Coweta the past 10 years. We’re right on I- 85, so the projects we’ve seen are primarily manufacturing, and we do see some warehouse distribution. “The Albion consolidation also took place this year. Their main focus was making sure employees were taken care of and prepared for their consolidation. The 152,000 squarefoot industrial building has been purchased by Hardie Real Estate out of Atlanta for investment. They’re very experienced with industrial real estate and they have their contacts as well. We work together with those private developers and private owners to get those buildings occupied.” Wright said the county is growing because of the cooperation throughout the community. “The county has grown and improved,” added Wright. “We have resources such as the school system, West Georgia Technical College, University of West Georgia and Brewton-Parker College, but the different programs through workforce investments also help develop a training program. I think we have a lot of resources that put us in a very positive position from a workforce standpoint.” “Everyone is very helpful. Whether it’s the city or the county or departments within the county. Everyone wants to work together to create jobs in the community. We have a great partnership in our community that’s willing to drop what they’re doing and come help.” Wright said the CCDA is talking with many prospects that are interested in doing business in Coweta County. CL Coweta Living 2016-17 25

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