Gov. Nathan Deal yesterday signed into law the Georgia Agribusiness and Rural Jobs Act which, as he notes, opens the door for small businesses in rural Georgia to have access to growth capital. In a nutshell, the goal is to make $60 million in tax credits available to companies willing to infuse $100 million of capital in designated rural counties for job creation in agribusiness, manufacturing and other industries.

Its author, state Rep. Jason Shaw, R-Lakeland, says the legislation “is the most tightly crafted bill of its kind in the country.” 

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