The authority once operated a business “incubator” on Broad Street where start-up companies could get cheap rent and free management advice. Its goal was to help young companies take discoveries at Georgia Regents University and grow to provide good-paying jobs.
“In the first years of operation they did an excellent job, and we appreciate what they did,” said Rep. Penny Houston, vice chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee.
It struggled in recent years, although a couple of its companies in the diagnostics and telemedicine fields, grew national customer bases with dozens of employees.
Authority officials convinced the legislature last year that having power to issue bonds would open allow it to help more companies, but after gaining the power never issued any bonds.
House Bill 513 would abolish the authority and rescind its bonding power because Houston’s committee heard testimony that it effectively had no operations at all now.
“The committee felt it was no longer necessary to have the fund,” said Houston, R-Nashville.