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|Vidalia officials pushing 35 town projects|
What does it take to improve the quality of life for Vidalia residents?
Mayor Hyram Copeland says it means working, planning and communicating.
Last week, he and other town officials met with Congressional leaders about jobs, technology, infrastructure and residential development in the town. These components are key to a list of 35 new and ongoing projects Vidalia is developing.
"The recent census indicated that we've lost some of our population," Mayor Hyram Copeland said Tuesday. "While we've made strides in Vidalia, we have to continue to work to bring more jobs and businesses to the area. We feel that the projects we're working on will do that. They deal with business, housing, education, jobs and all the ingredients to do everything we can to make our population grow, not decline."
City Manager Ken Walker said that development of the port is a priority which U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and other Congressional leaders support.
"The port means jobs," said Walker, "and right now it's all about jobs."
The city has secured $2.7 million in federal funding through Landieu's efforts, says Copeland, while the city has also requested matching funding through the state's Capital Outlay, asking for $800,000-plus each year over a three-year period.
"We have talked to Rep. Andy Anders, Sen. Neal Riser and Gov. Jindal and they assure us that they're supporting us on our port and will work for the city," said Copeland.
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