The Effingham County Industrial Development Authority CEO covered its agreement with OmniTrax Inc. during a workshop at the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce on Thursday. CEO John Henry offered a detailed presentation about the agreement and its importance to the county's future.
In 2016, the ECIDA and OmniTrax joined in a public/private partnership to develop the 2,700-acre Research Forest site for industrial use. Henry said the deal is crucial to helping the ECIDA achieve its goals of alleviating some of the county's unique economic issues.
According to statistics provided by Henry, Effingham County has only one job for every three residents in the labor force, forcing the tax burden to be shouldered disproportionately by property owners. Henry added that there are fewer than 10,000 jobs in the county, and 40 percent of those are government related. The county has 60,000 residents.
See the Aug. 23 edition of the Effingham Herald for more details.