ATLANTA – Three organizations in South Georgia were among dozens of groups that on Monday received state aid to help recover from economic damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Brian Kemp said in his statement: “We remained focused on protecting lives and livelihoods throughout the pandemic, and our approach gave us a leg up in the great recovery.… I am proud of our state’s resilience, and from today we have worked hard and identified ways to provide additional assistance to hard-working Georgians, support businesses and accelerate the recovery of affected industries and rebuild vital public services. ”
In total, about $ 415 million in grants were announced.
Among the groups receiving support are:
– Cook County Family Connection, which received $ 100,000 to “address the health, financial, and educational needs of community members.”
– The Greater Valdosta United Way, which raised $ 35,000 for the Southside Community Resiliency and Recovery Project.
Valdosta-Lowndes County Convention Center and Tourism Authority, which received $ 415,000 to address the negative economic impact on the tourism industry.
Funding for the awards comes from the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds program, part of the American Rescue Plan Act.
Terry Richards is a senior reporter for The Valdosta Daily Times.