MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The city of Milledgeville is attracting new business throughout Baldwin County with a loan that’s available to entrepreneurs. The loan can help start a business or eliminate blight.
As of January, Baldwin County has a five percent unemployment rate. That’s according to City Planner Hank Griffeth. He says it’s higher than the state’s average.
“Any community to be well-rounded you must have a lot of those different type jobs in order to provide employment for anybody that’s looking for employment,” Griffeth said.
The Revolving Loan Fund Program is also helping with economic growth. The city has more than $100,000 to give out to loan applicants.
Griffeth says he hopes the program will attract businesses to come to Baldwin County.
“From an economic development standpoint, for the city, for the county, for the various development authorities in the community, it’s all about doing what we all can to make it as easy to do business in our community as possible,” he said.
Loan applicants can also apply to remove blight from their neighborhoods.
“I don’t think it’s a huge problem. I think every community has areas that can use some work,” Milledgeville Main Street Development Director Carlee Schulte said.
Milledgeville Main Street is accepting applications on a first come, first serve basis. There’s a background and credit check before having councilmen approve your project plan.