As has been reported thousands of times over the last decade, rural America is struggling. Jobs are leaving, new investment is low, access to health care is dwindling, and educational opportunities are often out of reach. These struggles extend to rural Georgia as well, struggles which the Georgia legislature has long worked to address. There have been many proposals, but that has yet to translate into much measurable success for millions of people living outside of Georgia’s major metro areas.
One reason for this is that too few of these potential solutions address the foundation of solving the problem: infrastructure. Tax credits and other incentives may be attractive, but without the fundamental tools of doing business, setting up shop in rural communities is simply not an option.
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