The Council for Quality Growth served as a supporting sponsor at the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Clayton State of the County Address on Thursday, March 26 at Clayton State University, where Clayton County Commission Chairman Jeff Turner addressed more than 200 guests.
Chairman Turner highlighted several of Clayton County’s successes from 2014, including:
1) A one percent MARTA sales tax, which passed in November 2014, that will started on March 21, 2015. MARTA transit services began in the county in March 2015 as well, including three bus routes.
2) A SPLOST approval in May 2014 which allowed the county to utilize $50 million to benefit the Southern Regional Medical Center.
3) A 14 percent increase in proactive citizen contact with the Clayton County Police Department, which shortened response times and enhanced public relations with the communities. The Clayton County Police Department increased its Neighborhood Watch program by 15 percent from last year.
4) Twenty-four new developments in Clayton County, which contributed to the creation of 2,500 new jobs in the county.
Chairman Turner concluded his address by stating that 2015 will be a turning point for Clayton County as long as officials and citizens stay informed, involved, and in touch with the needs of constituents and communicate those needs to the region.