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PTC seeks economic development deal through county

Peachtree City may soon have a new economic development staffer through a contract arrangement with the Fayette County Development Authority.

A contract, which would pay FCDA $75,000 for one year in return to compensate for that new employee, has been prepared by city and authority representatives. Thursday night the city council put the contract on hold so additional details could be worked out.

According to the contract, the employee’s primary responsibility would be “to work with existing businesses and industries in the city so they are best able to grow and expand within the boundaries of the city,” according to the contract.

This option would be in lieu of the city hiring a new economic development coordinator on its own.

Under the contract, the new staffer would be required to develop relationships with “existing business leaders, elected and appointed leaders and workforce professionals in the city in an effort to serve as a resource and main point of contact for business inquiries.”

The city funds must also be used to develop and implement a business retention and expansion survey and also provide the city with regular written reports on activities and occasional presentations to city leaders, according to the contract.

The contract also calls for the city to provide office and meeting space for FCDA so it can have a permanent presence in the city.

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