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County looks to continue pursuit of grant money
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The Dawson County Board of Commissioners is continuing its pursuit of grant money for infrastructure.

Charlie Auvermann, director of the Dawson County Development Authority, has presented a letter to the board requesting assistance from the Georgia Mountain Regional Commission in applying for grants for the development of the Mountain View Industrial Park Project. The grants are awarded by the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Most of this will go toward sewer and water facilities because the main road is already in there and up to county specs, he said.

The industrial park, located on Carlisle Road, already houses several businesses, including Kemper and Amerivap.

The park neighbors the land known as the Shiery Parcel, a shopping center to be developed on Dawson Forest Road and Ga. 400. In August, Auvermann sent a letter to the GMRC seeking assistance in grant applications for the Shiery Parcel. Grant assistance also was requested for the Blanchard Project, a parcel of land between Highway 9, Whitmire Drive, Gordon Moss Road and Dawson Forest Road.

Auvermann said the grants are in the pre-application stage, which means the paperwork has been submitted, allowing the initial concepts to be reviewed by the ARC for compatability with the grant parameters and for eligibility of Dawson County to receive ARC funds, Auvermann said after a work session of the county commissioners on Thursday.

He expects to know within a few months whether that phase of the process has been approved. After that, the grant moneys fate depends on whether the projects make it to Gov. Nathan Deals priority project list for 2015.

The maximum amount of each grant is $300,000.

Commissioners are expected to vote on approving the letter at its session Thursday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. in the Dawson County Government Center, 25 Justice Way.