Middle Georgia Projected To Have Among Nation's Slowest Economies

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Updated: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 08:48:53 EST

It's not what anyone involved in Economic Development or Budget planning wants to hear. Macon is among the slowest growing communities in the Nation. The 2015 projected budget set to be finalized next week includes spending 600-thousand more dollars than originally planned, so the study raises more questions about just how the local government can raise those funds.

"We have a higher number of people below the poverty line and people in lower paying jobs than a lot of other communities in the state," says Pat Topping, the Senior Vice President of the Macon Economic Development Authority.

Education is another cause.

As Commissioners have stated, there are a lack of skilled high school graduates prepared to begin work, which means many job applicants only qualify for lower paying jobs, eliminating them from putting money into the economy.

"if you've got people that don't have disposable income, everything they make is tied up in making rent and buying groceries, well then they're not out buying clothes and cars and things that drive sales tax that drive revenue," says Macon-Bibb County Mayor, Robert Reichert.

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