Big business coming to Athens area

Announcement expected today on large development

Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 7:03 AM
Last updated 7:46 AM
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ATHENS, Ga. -- A major economic development project in Athens appears to be in the works.

State and local officials won’t comment, but a series of meetings held Thursday and scheduled for today indicate that a new industrial plant is coming to the area.

Both the Athens-Clarke and Oconee County commissions called meetings for 8 a.m. today to discuss real estate transactions.

The Orkin tract, a 920-acre parcel off Georgia Highway 316, is the only large industrial tract straddling both counties.

The two counties’ industrial development authorities, which facilitate bond issues for manufacturers, met separately behind closed doors Thursday night, also to discuss real state, an exception to the state open-meetings law.

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TK3 02/17/12 - 12:30 pm
Legal or otherwise, there

Legal or otherwise, there should be no government meetings "BEHIND CLOSED DOORS"!

KSL 02/17/12 - 12:35 pm
If you don't have the ability

If you don't have the ability to have preliminary (not final decision) meetings in private, you lose out. Our real estate contracts even provide for the buyer to choose whether his name is going to be released to the seller or not, not used so much for residential, but you can bet your life on it being used all the time in commercial, industrial, etc, situations.

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