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Thomasville council learns energy, power conservation
Jesse Nichols, Coastal Gateway Economic director, spoke to Thomasville city council members on Monday, Jan. 12, to encourage businesses to grow.
Coastal Gateway has been growing new businesses as well as expanding existing manufacturing with the help of grants and loans.
The alliance consists of ADECA and USDA help by changing out the old and outdated energy systems costs with new energy efficient equipment to run businesses.
There will be seven energy summits from Monday, Jan. 26, through Thursday, Jan. 29, in various times to help anyone who is interested in cost efficient energy solutions for their businesses.
Anything that consumes power or fuel can apply for the grants. There is a 25% match from the applicant and the 75% is paid by the grant.
Some bigger businesses that would benefit are car lots, drug stores, grocery stores, dry cleaners, funeral homes, morgues, newspapers (presses), and any smaller business with lighting projects in their stores.
In other business, Thomasville Police Chief Mitchell Stuckey announced the use of officer body cameras. Within the next two weeks each officer will be trained and equipped with the body cameras.
Body cameras are becoming a must have to protect officers and citizens in any given situation. Over the last few months many local communities have adopted the body cameras to protect their community as well.
Schedule and locations for the summits:
Monday, Jan. 26 Choctaw County Courthouse in Butler, 1 pm-4pm
Tuesday, Jan. 27 Thomasville City Center, Thomasville, 8am-1 lam
Tuesday, Jan. 27Pearce Park Assembly House, Jackson, lpm-4pm
Wednesday, Jan. 28 Wind Creek Coosawada A Ballroom, Atmore, 1pm-4pm
Thursday, Jan. 29 Water Tower Conference Center, Monroeville 8am-11am
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