The RFDA and the Development Authority of Floyd County jointly own the site, but the DAFC is cash-strapped. Corblu Ecology Group will perform the environmental study at a cost not to exceed $7,800. RFDA Chairman Doc Kibler said the base cost of the study is $6,000, and it could increase to $7,800 depending on the number of soil samples and core drillings required.
The study is one of the final items needed to have the site certified under Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development status. GRAD status indicates to prospective industries that the property could be developed quickly.
Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce President Al Hodge told the RFDA board that industrial prospect activity continues to be very active.
“We are taking the offensive,” Hodge said. He reminded the board that the Chamber worked closely with Lowe’s for four years before landing the company’s regional distribution center now in operation in Shannon.
Hodge indicated that his staff has been working with a number of companies for at least two years and expressed hope that Rome and Floyd County might land one or more of those prospects sooner rather than later.
Hodge said he was in Atlanta Monday for a meeting with site selection consultants and statewide economic developers. “One of the things they focused on was making certain we’re prepared when we generate the leads,” Hodge said.
The RFDA board then went into a closed-door session to discuss property acquisition. At the end of that session, Kibler said a portion of the discussion involved property that could show up on this November’s special purpose, local option sales tax vote.
The RFDA also accepted its FY 2012 audit report from Read Martin & Slickman, which reported that total assets declined by $2.9 million — primarily from the sale of the Lowe’s site in Shannon. The authority’s total assets at the end of 2012 amounted to $6.1 million with more than half of it, $3.6 million, in real estate.