Chattooga County has three of nine projects that have pre-application approval from the Appalachian Regional Commission.  Chattooga County Commissioner Jason Winters learned of the pre-aprovals last week at a meeting of the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission.

One of the projects is the purchase by the county of Howard Finster’s Paradise Gardens in Pennville.  The purchase would allow the county to market and promote the venue to tourists and art buffs throughout the country.  Paradise Gardens is currently privately held, however the owners would like to see a better long term position developed for Paradise Gardens.  Winters told AM 1180 that possibly the county could purchase Paradise Gardens with the grant funds then lease it back to the non-profit group for management.  The grant for the Finster property would be $70,000.

In all, Northwest Georgia has pre-application approval for $4 million to spend on nine projects, members of the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission were told at their meeting last week.

They include water and sewer projects throughout the region and the relocation of an electric line at Smith Iron Works in Lyerly, Ga. All the projects will require a local funding share.  The Smith Iron Works project would benefit that company and the Mowhawk Plant in Lyerly with a grant of $245,000.00  Also a grant for the Trion Industrial Park in the amount of $300,000 would provide water, sewer, road and fiberoptic installation.

Chattooga County Commissioner Jason Winters attended the meeting and was happy with the news that three projects had pre-application approval.

ARC is a regional economic development agency created in 1965 that represents a partnership of federal, state and local government in 13 Appalachian states.

AM 1180 / Chattanooga Times-Free Press