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Atlanta, GA, United States, 2007/06/28 - State Reps. Steve Davis and Stan Watson provided a legislative update to quality growth proponents and business leaders at the Henry Council for Quality Growth’s monthly luncheon Wednesday.
Reps. Davis and Watson updated the Council members on the issues recently brought to legislature and their respective voting decisions. State issues discussed included vouchers for special education students, scholarships, sales tax holidays and regional trauma centers. Topics specific to the Henry County area such as water, hospital, City of Stockbridge election issues and the renaming of a portion of Highway 20 to Ed Echols Memorial Highway were also discussed.
Smart growth and quality of life issues were stressed by both Watson and Davis. Rep. Watson, who represents House District 91, specifically addressed the creation of the City of Fairview, the addition of minorities to the Stockbridge city council and a regional trauma center located in Henry County.
“Henry County would be a great location for a trauma center,” said Rep. Watson. “Currently, trauma victims must be airlifted to Grady Hospital or Atlanta Medical Center. A trauma center in Henry County would be close to the speedway should trauma services be needed and situated between Macon and downtown Atlanta.”
Rep. Davis, who represents House District 109, explained to the Council his opposition to the creation of an infrastructure development district (IDD) bill.
“This bill is not in favor of smart growth, said Rep. Davis. The IDD bill would allow for national builders and developers to come in to Henry County and squash small, local builders. I cannot support something that would put our local business owners out of business.”
“Henry County is undergoing rapid change,” said Steve Cash, executive director of the Council. “Our council members were very eager to hear what our representatives are doing for quality growth on the state and local level. Representatives Davis and Watson were very open about their commitment to improve Henry County and the state of Georgia and we were glad to receive the reassurance that quality growth is such an important matter to our representatives.”
The Council holds monthly meetings to educate members, local elected officials and business leaders on the Council’s pursuit of continued balanced and responsible growth.
The next HCQG meeting will be Wednesday, July 18, at 11 am, for networking with the luncheon following at 11:50 am. The event, which will feature the new President and CEO of Henry Medical Center, Charles Scott, will be sponsored by FirstBank Financial Services and will be held at the Eagle’s Landing Country Club in Stockbridge.
The luncheon is $20 for HCQG members and $35 for non-members. For additional information, call 770-898-9076.
The Henry Council for Quality Growth promotes continued balanced and responsible growth in the county. The Council encourages long-range planning and adequate delivery of government services for all citizens; serves as a catalyst for consensus on growth issues; provides a forum for discussion of responsible development; and assists with economic or technical expertise as needed. The annual gala to raise funds to support the Council’s mission will be held August 25 at Eagle’s Landing Country Club. The public is invited to attend this black and white festive event that will feature dinner and entertainment. For additional information call 770-898-9076.