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Congressman Jody Hice tours Newton County businesses

Newton/Covington Office of Economic Development shows 10th District Rep. why businesses and new residents should "Select Newton"

Post Date:04/13/2017 4:27 PM

The Newton / Covington Office of Economic Development (NCOED)hosted Georgia Congressman Jody Hice this week on a tour of the area’s biggest business residents. The OED sought to give Hice, who represents Georgia’s 10th district, a picture of the economic opportunities presented by the current businesses located in the Newton/Covington/Walton area, as well as by some of the newer businesses just now breaking ground there.

“Almost 100,000 people moved to metro Atlanta last year, many in search of job opportunities,” said David Bernd, vice president of economic development, NCOED. "Our job is to continue to build a quality talent pool and recruit residents within the Metro Atlanta region to make Newton County their home, which increases out potential workforce. That will in turn attract more businesses to relocate to Newton and continue to encourage our existing businesses to expand operations.”

The Atlanta area is the ninth-largest metropolitan statistical area in the country. The region grew by 1.6 percent from 2015 to 2016, boosting its population to 5,789,700. Metro Atlanta also added 77,000 jobs last year, the third-highest total among the nation’s 12 largest metro areas, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Atlanta Regional Commission. The 29-county Atlanta area trailed only Dallas and Phoenix. 1,144 of those new jobs were in the Newton/Covington/Walton area.

Hice visited three businesses on his tour of the region, which took place on Tuesday, April 11.Bard Medical,a division of C.R. Bard, Inc., andBridgestone Golfare both long-term business residents of Covington; the two together employ about 1,000. The third site on Hice’s visit was the future location ofThree Ring Studios, a film, TV, music and video game production site scheduled to be operational by December 2017 with a potential for up to 3,000 new jobs, 2,000 in the county.

"Newton County has done a remarkable job of building a thriving community that includes quality of life, good schools and just enough distance from metro Atlanta to retain that sense of 'small town' community," said Bernd. "People are encouraged to settle here, to build a long-term future with a job and a family. I predict we will continue to see significant growth here over the next decade."

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About The Newton/Covington Office of Economic Development

The Newton/Covington Office Of Economic Development (NCOED) is a public partnership funded by City of Covington and Newton County Chamber of Commerce, City of Covington and Newton County to act as a single point of contact for economic development projects within Newton County and serve as a true regional partner with the Newton/Walton County area. NCOED is responsible for recruiting new business and industry; working with existing business and industry on expansions and retention; developing a workforce that is "second to none" in the nation; and driving development to become the Northeast Georgia Regional Retail Hub.


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