Development is Possible, But
We Must Make the Right Choices
Responsible economic development is economic growth that keeps our air, soil, and water clean, our people safe, and our natural resources abundant.
As coastal Georgia’s economy has grown, priority has not been equally shared between the conservation of our natural resources and economic development. This imbalance is evident when looking back at the public and private investments made in environmental management practices that protect the health, safety, and opportunity of current and future generations.
Generally, development fills a public or a private need. The baseline research focused on the choices made within the industrial and government sectors of our communities.
Water withdrawals for industrial operations are managed and regulated by state government.
Pollution discharges affect our land, air, and water resources, and are regulated by our state government through the permitting and enforcement processes.
Local governments make policy and budget decisions that may put people in harm’s way with regard to flooding and hurricanes.
Protect, connect, and enhance environments for coastal plants and animals to adapt to changes in sea level and benefit the community.
Maintain thriving, working landscapes and waterfronts that support the sustainable production of food and fiber for our communities.
Cultivate opportunities to enjoy and recreate in the special places and historic communities along Georgia’s coast.
Promote economic development that respects natural environments and preserves the character of our coastal communities.