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Economic Development Grant to Benefit Construction of Little League’s Southeastern Region Complex

Economic Development Grant to Benefit Construction of Little League’s Southeastern Region Complex

EDGE_SEGrant_152px Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, right, recently presented state-approved grant funding to the Houston County (Ga.) Development Authority that is earmarked for the Southeastern Region Headquarters in Warner Robins, Ga. Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, accepted the check on behalf of Little League International.

Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, and Jennifer Colvin, Director of Little League’s Southeastern Region, recently accepted grant funding approved by Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue and the OneGeorgia Authority.

The OneGeorgia Authority announced approval of the grant during its quarterly meeting in Thomasville, Ga. The soon-to-be completed Southeastern Region Headquarters facility in Warner Robins, Ga., is expected to generate more than $30 million in tourism benefits over 10 years, Morgan Law, Executive Director of the Houston County Development Authority, said.

During a recent visit to Warner Robins, Mr. Keener received an update on the construction project and was notified that $598,640 in Economic Development, Growth and Expansion (EDGE) funding will aid in the completion of the $5.5 million project.

“Receiving notice that Gov. Perdue and the OneGeorgia Authority had authorized the grant is another positive step toward the completion of the Southeastern Region complex,” Mr. Keener said. “The construction of the administration building, fields and stadium are proceeding on schedule and we are pleased with the progress. We anticipate a formal unveiling in the spring of 2010 and the first games later that summer.”

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Stephen D. Keener, left, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, and Jennifer Colvin, third from left, Director of Little League’s Southeastern Region, recently were presented a check for grant funding from the OneGeorgia Authority. Presenting the check was Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, second from left. Receiving the check along with Mr. Keener and Ms. Colvin was Morgan Law, right, Executive Director of the Houston County, Ga., Development Authority. The grant totaling $598,640 is from the state of Georgia’s Economic Development, Growth and Expansion (EDGE) funding the will aid in the completion of the $5.5 million Southeastern Region Headquarters project in Warner Robins, Ga.

The goal of the OneGeorgia Authority is to offer financial partnerships with rural communities to create strong economies in all business sectors, allowing new and existing industries, both large and small, to flourish. OneGeorgia is bridging Georgia’s economic divide by ensuring balanced growth across the state helping to guarantee that all Georgians have access to economic opportunities in their own communities.

The purpose of the EDGE Fund is to provide financial assistance to eligible applicants that are being considered as a relocation or expansion site and are competing with another state for location of a project; and, where the EDGE Fund is used when the health, welfare, safety and economic security of the citizens of the state are promoted through the development and/or retention of employment opportunities.

“The EDGE grant funds were part of the original incentive package offered to Little League Baseball and Softball during the recruitment period,” Mr. Law said.

Little League’s Southeastern Region staff is expected to move into the Administration Building on, or about, Jan. 15, 2010, and the stadium is scheduled to be completed by mid-April. The Southeastern Region Headquarters, the oldest of Little League’s five regional offices in the United States, was re-located from Gulfport, Fla.

The new complex is located on Snellgrove Drive, off of Cohen Walker Drive approximately seven miles from downtown Warner Robins. The Southeast Region Headquarters serves as the administrative center for Little League Baseball and Softball activities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.