Grow Haralson campaign seeks to secure 1,500 new jobs and $50M in new payroll during next five years
BREMEN, Ga. (Feb. 24 2017) – Grow Haralson, a 501c3 economic development foundation, was created as a catalyst for growth in Haralson County. The Greater Haralson Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Eric McDonald announced that R. K. Redding Construction (RKR) President & CEO Randall Redding will serve as the Chairman of this new non-profit organization.
In 2012, the Grow Haralson Strategic Plan was published with an enormous amount of community participation, which resulted in identifying key opportunities for Haralson County. The Grow Haralson campaign seeks to secure 1,500 new jobs and $50 million in new payroll during the next five years.
To accomplish its ambitious goal, the campaign has set the following strategic goals:
· Expand Industrial Base
o Recruit a quality mix of large, mid, and small companies
o Grow jobs and capital investment in Haralson County
o Employ Haralson County residents at wages above the current average wage in the County
o Build on regional assets and work with regional stakeholders to market the I-20 corridor
· Workforce & Education
o Work with our education and industry partners to ensure our graduates are career ready
o Serve as a convener to bring together our private employers and education partners
o Get education partners, industry, and community stakeholders on the same page
· Existing Industry & Commercial Development
o Strengthen our existing business retention program
o Help Haralson County cities improve their downtowns and grow their retail and commercial base
“Haralson was once a textile mill center of employment, now 80% of our working residents leave the county to go to work,” said McDonald. “It’s imperative that Haralson County creates more jobs to keep our workers home, so they spend their hard earned dollars in their community, not someone else’s. And, by working here, there is more opportunity to become civically engaged locally to improve the quality of life here.”
Redding started his construction firm in 1991, when he decided to make a difference in his hometown of Bremen, Ga. Today, RKR is an established general contractor and construction management firm that works throughout the southeast. In 2012, Redding opened a tourist destination with the launch of Mill Town Music Hall in Bremen, where the venue brings in talent such as Oak Ridge Boys, Toby Keith and Kenny Loggins.
“I am humbled by the opportunity to work with such an esteemed group of area business leaders,” said Redding. “The strategic plan is in place to help revitalize Haralson County and I look forward to working with the Grow Haralson team to make it happen.”
The following list of individuals, companies and government offices are the initial Honor Roll of investors in Grow Haralson: 1st Franklin Financial; Associated Industrial Riggers; Aubrey Silvey, Inc.; Bremen Eye Clinic; Bremen Rotary; Carroll EMC; City of Bremen; City of Tallapoosa; Commercial Insurance Agency, Rob Goldin; Ellis Building Components; Georgia Power; Gradick Communications; Haralson County Board of Commissioners; Hightower Family Funeral Homes; Honda Precision Parts of Georgia; Hutcheson’s Funeral Home; Julie Williams Cain, Attorney; Louise & Jay Sutton; Lovvorn Pharmacy; Miller Funeral Home; Principal Mortgage; River City Propane; R.K. Redding Construction; Systems & Methods, Inc.; Smith Farms Trucking; Southeastern Hose; SoutheasTrans; Southern Medical Group of Georgia; State Farm, Jamie Bragg; Syncronet, Inc.; Tanner Health System; Wayne Davis Concrete; West Georgia Electric; West Georgia Technical College; Will M. Robinson, CPA; and Warren & Ava Sewell Foundation.