Hood opened her speech with that very foundation, highlighting completed projects and proposed projects to improve Gordon County, many of which are in partnership with the City of Calhoun.
“It’s all about partnerships and its all about teamwork and coming together and this room does that beautifully which is why the chamber is where it all comes together,” said Hood.
Before breaking down accomplishments and projected goals for the county, Hood took the opportunity to introduce the newly elected board of commissioners: Jeff Gazaway, Norris Sexton, Kevin Cunningham and Chad Steward.
Hood continued on to explain recent accomplishments completed in the county. Those projects are:
Hood also addressed SPLOST projects that had been completed and thanked residents for allowing the one percent sales tax increase to continue for an additional six years.
Hood explained the continued sales tax is expected to bring in $51.8 million through 2018. The money collected through SPLOST has funded the following projects and is expected to fund other proposed projects:
Other projects funded by federal grants obtained by the county are:
Hood explained current projects the county has currently gotten underway including construction of a $2.5 million agricultural center.
“That will house the USDA, Georgia soil and water conservation committee, the UGA extension service as well as a community room,” said Hood. “Completion will be this year. It’s going to happen fast, and that is a great project and a good partnership.”
Hood continued to explain the commissioners retreat on Feb. 8-9 where the board discussed future SPLOST projects. Additionally, Hood mentioned the board’s vote for approval in support of the increase in the hotel, motel tax as well as an agreement to send funds to the Chamber of Commerce in support of economic development.
Hood concluded her speech with the recognition of county employees and constitutional officers present at the breakfast.
“To be quite honest, Gordon County, the chamber, the cities, with the leadership that we have, the school board, we are in a great place, we are right on the edge of growth again,” said Hood. “We have had conversations on how to market this community to move forward in a positive direction.” “I just want to let you all know that partnerships is the word, we are here and we are willing to serve you,” Hood added. “We appreciate every citizen and what we do for this community and that everyone of these projects is because of the citizens here. I also want you to leave this room knowing you are in good hands, we will take care of you and I appreciate it.”