A Barrow County lawmaker has been named a co-chair of the House Rural Development Council, created during the recent state legislative session to work with rural communities to find ways to encourage economic growth.
Rep. Terry England, R-Auburn, was named to the post by House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge. Also named a co-chair of the council by Ralston was Rep. Jay Powell, R-Camilla.
“Georgia is a growing and prosperous state, and we are thankful for that,” Ralston said in a news release. “But that prosperity isn’t being felt in every community across Georgia. Some of our rural areas are still struggling, and we must do everything we can to help private businesses grow jobs in every corner of our state.”
The House resolution creating the council reads, in part, “Georgia’s rural areas are faced with challenges distinct from other areas of this state, which can include one or more of the following: loss of population, a deficiency in access to health care, poor infrastructure, diminished quality of educational opportunity, scarcity of employment opportunities, and overall lack of economic growth.”
The resolution goes on to note that “a thorough, intensive, and systematic study of the existing issues in Georgia’s rural areas is necessary and appropriate.”
Rep. Sam Watson, R-Moultrie, who chairs the House Rural Caucus, will serve as vice chair of the council. The House Rural Development Council will host its first meeting next month. More details on that meeting will be announced soon.