More Local Jobs for 2007

With freshly baked cookies hot out of the oven, Fresh Beginnings is looking forward to the new year and is hoping to start it off by offering some new jobs.

Jennifer Powell, chief administrator for Fresh Beginnings, said, "We're hoping to be able to do that we are growing so much that our need for the workforce has just increased tremendously."

To encourage more local businesses to create jobs, Georgia's Business Expansion and Support Legislation, better known as BEST, is increasing tax credits.

Brad Lofton of the Valdosta\Lowndes Industrial Authority said, "The $1,750 per job tax credit is now almost doubling to $3,00 per job, so if you have a 50 job expansion that means about $750,000 tax credit that you claim in Lowndes County against your corporation tax requirements."

It could possibly attract bigger industries to the area.

Bill Garrett, a Lowndes County resident, said, "I think it's a wonderful place to be and it'll be an ideal opportunity for everyone. I think it's a win-win situation."

Powell added, "Most people here have the ability to work, so hopefully it will bring more industry to the south."

Companies engaged in manufacturing, warehousing, telecommunications, tourism, or research are eligible for these tax credits. Industries that are wanting to expand and take advantage of these tax credits.

You can call the Industrial Authority at 229-259-9972 for guidance.