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Mathis ponders plan to attract more Japanese investment here

After attending the U.S. – China Manufacturing Symposium March 26-28 in Dothan, Ala., Grady County Joint Development Authority Executive Director Chadd Mathis told JDA members this week he could see a similar event being held in Grady County and tied it to developing relations with Japan.
“The U.S.-China Symposium was quite interesting. I learned a lot about cultural things more so than other things, but what I really got out of it was the potential for us to do something similar right here in our backyard with Japan,” Mathis said.
According to Mathis, Koyo has company personnel from Japan visiting Cairo on a frequent basis.
Mathis said he could see a symposium developed to include other manufacturers from Japan that could possibly be held at the Grady Cultural Center.
“We could fill up some of the hotels around here for a couple of days,” Mathis said.
Overall, Mathis reported to the authority that his participation in the Dothan symposium was a “good experience.”
More than 100 Chinese business representatives took part in the symposium that put them in contact with officials from not only the Alabama communities that participated in the event but southwest Georgia communities as well, including Grady County.
Vice Chairman Robbie Burns presided Tuesday in the absence of Chairman Charles M. Stafford.
In other business Tuesday, the authority:
Heard an update from Mathis on work proposed to be done at the Heritage Industrial Complex. The JDA executive director said that work is continuing on fabricating a down spout that will take the large volume of water coming off the roof of the huge complex and take it away from the building. Currently during heavy rain events the standing water outside sections of the building seeps underneath the wall and enters the building.
Discussed the training required for new and reappointed board members every three years. Newly appointed board members Drew Pyrz and Charles Davis were made aware of an upcoming training session to be held in Tifton on May 2. Mathis said that the training could be held here at a cost of $2,500 provided a minimum of 10 participants pre-register.
Heard a briefing from Mathis on prospects he is working with. “We are doing our due diligence and obtaining financials. One prospect we have been working with has been postponed but should come back around in 2015. Hopefully some of these others will materialize,” Mathis said.

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