Barr finalist for Georgia job
Special to The Star
Feb. 17, 2001
WARNER ROBINS, Ga. Slater Barr, who resigned as head of the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation last October, is a finalist for a similar job in central Georgia.
The Houston County Development Authority may decide next week on one of two finalists for the job, vacant for about three months. Houston County, Ga., has a population of more than 90,000 people. Its major city is Warner Robins, population about 44,000.
Barr, who headed EMBDC through efforts to obtain land for a new industrial park, is in competition with Morgan Law, president and CEO of the Forsyth-Monroe County, Ga., chamber. Law led that city's successful effort to secure Better Hometown status last year. Better Hometown is an economic growth program for towns with 5,000 or fewer residents and is sponsored by the state Department of Community Affairs.
Houston County Development Authority members have acknowledged they need to hire the right person for the job, as the new director will play an important role in harnessing the explosive growth experienced by the county.