Toombs County, Georgia receives ‘AA’ BDO Zone Rating

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The Toombs County Development Authority and Ecostrat have announced the issue of a coveted ‘AA’ BDO Zone Rating for Toombs County, centred in Lyons, Georgia - the state’s first rating for pulpwood, forest residues and sawmill residuals.
The Toombs County BDO Zone features an investment grade rating which validates ‘very high quality’ feedstock supply chains and strong infrastructure.
A highly productive forest products industry along with well-established supply chains guarantee a stable and efficient supply of biomass, according to Ecostrat.
The industrial and transportation infrastructure is conducive to large-scale bioeconomy projects, it added.
Strong governmental support, both at the state and county levels, coupled with a pro-business community and low operating costs, enhances the appeal of this region.
“The ‘AA’ rating for Toombs County demonstrates our community’s unique capabilities for global leadership in the bioeconomy,” stated Tim Truxel, chair, Toombs County Development Authority. “We look forward to partnering with bioenergy, biochemical, and bioproduct companies as we seek to promote, develop and cultivate additional compatible uses of forestry resources to grow world-class bio-based industrial manufacturing opportunities for Toombs County.”
Jordan Solomon, chairman of the BDO Zone Initiative added: “Achieving a rare ‘AA’ investment grade rating is a significant accomplishment, accompanied with over a million tons of project-available biomass positions the Toombs County BDO Zone at the forefront of potential biobased innovation and development not only within the state but on a global scale.”

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