GA committee focusing on tech, health care growth in rural communities

Georgia lawmakers developing healthcare in rural areas

STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - Where you live in Georgia can say a lot about your access to health care, technology, and more.

Lawmakers from the Georgia House of Representatives began a three-day session in Statesboro on Tuesday. Members of the House Rural Development Council look for ways that rural communities can gain better access to healthcare, technology - such as broadband internet - and other factors that can help attract business and jobs.

Members say Georgia can't afford to let only big cities grow at the expense of the rest of the state.

“Our urban colleagues in the Atlanta area realize they like to eat three meals a day, they like clothes with cotton in them and they like to live in wood-built homes. And all three of those things come from the rural parts of the state,” Committee Co-chair Terry England said.

The House of Representatives formed the council last year. They meet in different parts of the state to hear about the successes and challenges in those communities.

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