Senators Reverend Warnock, Ossoff Announce $2.1 Million for Construction of a Multi-use Trail to Support Tourism in Southern Georgia

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA) and Jon Ossoff (D-GA) announced that the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $2.1 million grant to Dougherty County, Georgia, to construct a six-mile pedestrian path connecting the downtown area with a local attraction, Radium Springs.

This project will create a diversity of jobs in trail development, recreation and the service and hospitality industry. The EDA investment will be matched with $5.6 million in local funds.

“I am laser-focused on creating jobs and bringing even more tourism to our wonderful state,” said Senator Raphael Warnock. “It’s great to see that the EDA will be investing more than $2 million into Dougherty County’s tourism industries, creating jobs and empowering small businesses across Southern Georgia.”

“This new pedestrian path will improve quality-of-life and pedestrian safety,” said Senator Jon Ossoff. “We will keep delivering infrastructure upgrades for the people of Southwest Georgia.”

“The Economic Development Administration supports locally-driven efforts to spur economic growth and prosperity,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Y. Castillo. “This EDA investment will boost the local tourism industry, promoting job creation and economic resilience.”

This project was made possible by the regional planning efforts led by the Southwest Georgia Regional Commission (SWGRC). EDA funds SWGRC to bring together the public and private sectors to create an economic development roadmap to strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment and create jobs.