Georgia Lt. Governor Casey Cagle visited Bainbridge on Tuesday, Jan. 6, to attend a fundraiser for Georgia State Senator Dean Burke, an OB/GYN from Bainbridge.
A Piper Saratoga aircraft, owned by one of Cagle’s friends, brought the lieutenant governor to the Decatur County Airport at approximately 3 p.m. At the airport, Cagle chatted with a group of local businessmen and leaders, including State Senator Burke, several Decatur County commissioners, Decatur County Administrator Gary Breedlove and Bainbridge agri-businessman Tommy Dollar.
Lt. Gov. Cagle said that in addition to supporting State Senator Burke, he was also interested in seeing firsthand some of the industrial development in Decatur County. He specifically mentioned Meredian Holding Group (MHG), which is located in the industrial park adjacent to the airport. MHG has a pilot project to process the oil of canola plants grown by area farmers and use it to produce a green, biodegradable alternative to petroleum-based plastic.
“Because of Southwest Georgia’s agricultural leadership, this area is critically important to the state’s future growth,” Cagle said. “I’m excited to see the potential of businesses like Meredian, which could really help the farmers out if they are successful. We know that when farms prosper, more jobs are created for Georgians.”
According to Dollar, Lt. Governor Cagle was scheduled to attend a fundraiser dinner for Burke being hosted at a local plantation on Tuesday night before returning to Atlanta. The 2015 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly will begin on Monday, Jan. 12.