UGA GRIFIFN CAMPUS
GRIFFIN CITY COMMISSINERS DICK MORROW (L) RYAN MCLEMORE (R)
Friday afternoon was a benchmark day for Griffin, Spalding County, the surrounding areas, the University of Georgia Griffin Campus and the State of Georgia. A groundbreaking ceremony for the new University of Georgia Griffin Campus Food Technology Center. Citizens from Griffin, business owners, City and County Commissioners, executives, and many other area residents attended the event. The groundbreaking was at 3:00 Friday afternoon October 12 th. Attending were University of Georgia President Jere Morehead, who was master of ceremonies, Chuck Copeland Chairman of the Griffin Spalding Industrial Development Authority, State Representative David Knight, Dr. Tommy Hopkins who also serves as a Regent for the University System of Georgia and Governor Nathan Deal.
The Governor said that he totally supported the new Food Technology Center as food processing, and distribution, packaging, and marketing are a hallmark of the billion dollar business each year in Georgia. The new facility will allow new business owners to be guided in product development, packaging, food safety, consumer acceptance, and marketing.
The Governor also remarked about the support of the State Legislature that approved the 3 million dollars to make the building a reality for Georgia and the Griffin Area. One million dollars was also added by the Griffin Spalding Industrial Development Authority, and the University of Georgia. The Governor also said that the new Food Processing, Innovation and Commercialization building will be a one of its kind in the South East and was sorely needed due to the world renowned work done at the Griffin Campus in food research, safety, and processing in a much smaller facility that they had long out grown. The Governor said that not only do major manufacturers like Kraft, General Mills, but smaller manufacturers and distributors depend on the UGA Griffin campus each year.
Governor Deal also mentioned that next year he will be back in Griffin to be at the groundbreaking for the new TURF building. “Turf Grass is a multi- billion dollar business for the State”, said Governor Deal he also added “Ground Zero” for the Nation is right here at the UGA Griffin Campus. This is where UGA’s on going research attracts visitors from all over the Nation, and indeed the world, to visit Georgia and Griffin in particular.
The event was attended by Dr. Jerry Arkin former Dean of the Griffin Campus who retired earlier this month. The PIC Building is a culmination of years of work by Dr. Arkin, the UGA staff at the UGA Griffin Campus, with coordination with the Griffin Spalding Industrial Development Authority, and the State Legislature.