GA lawmakers continue meetings aiming to develop rural communities

Georgia lawmakers continue meetings aiming to develop rural communities

STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - Georgia lawmakers gathered in Statesboro again Wednesday for the second round of meetings aimed at developing rural communities across the state.

Members of the House Rural Development Council is looking for ways that rural communities can gain better access to health care, attract more businesses and create more jobs.

But Rep. Ron Stephens says many small communities are often overlooked because they can't offer basic necessities like broadband.

"Incentivizing other ways to get broadband to rural Georgia is big and there's places outside of Savannah and Atlanta that deserve economic development, and this is a road block,” Rep. Stephens 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. Thursday is their last day in Statesboro.

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