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Rural counties looking to HB 533 to bring industry as populations shrink

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EASTMAN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Though industry in cities across the state of Georgia have continued to flourish, rural communities are much further behind.

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EASTMAN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Though industry in cities across the state of Georgia have continued to flourish, rural communities are much further behind.
http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12503/7343350?cpt=8&wpid=2637 Wed, 11 Apr 2018 22:03:01 +0000 Rural counties looking to HB 533 to bring industry as populations shrink EASTMAN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Though industry in cities across the state of Georgia have continued to flourish, rural communities are much further behind. http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12503/7343350?cpt=8&wpid=2637 WMGT though industry in cities across the state of georgia have continued to flourish, rural communities are much further behind. according to economic growth research, it's because those rural towns are missing a key ingredient. 41nbc's joi dukes joins us now in the studio with more. michael, researchers found that the populations in rural communities across the state are continuing to drop due to a lack of opportunity. that lack of opportunity comes as a result of one modern day tool that industries are looking for not quite being up to speed in those areas. "we're keeping up even wit the limited resources that we have but just imagine what we could do if we had the right tools." for rural counties i georgia, bringing in new industries is almost as hard as getting a good internet connection. "in rural areas you have an o going problem with new technologies orginating and being profitable for companies enough to deploy in larger cities so that leaves these rural areas behind." according to research from a state house of representative s study committee, there's a correlation between the availability of high speed internet and economic growth. "it's hard to get businesses i a community that does not have two things really...health care and broadband internet for driving their business and using the internet." with limited growt in industry, more and more people are leaving rural communities. "we're going to expect to los about 20 percent of the population, 10 percent over the next 15 years. 2030 is the actual projection." house bil 533 or the bild act was introduced into legislation to fix that issue and bring higher speed broadband internet to rural counties. "this bill is an effort to ge the economic engine flowing to these rural areas." though i passed in both houses, it could be a while before rural counties see the impact. with a census coming up soon, state rep. jimmy pruett says the county's population is predicted to keep shrinking. "th population in the city of eastman has gone down since 2010 and is projected to continue to drop and that's typical of almost all rural areas in georgia." in the meantime, rural development authorities are doing what they can to fight that trend. in eastman joi dukes 41nbc news. house bill 533 or the bild act is currently awaiting a signature from governor deal in order to become law. he has up to forty days after the last day of session to sign all bills passed during session. bild stands for broadband internet leads to development. rural counties are hoping this will be a step toward more opportunity and industry





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