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Lidl to Create 250 Jobs, Invest $100 Million in Bartow County

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Lidl, one of the world’s largest retailers, will create 250 jobs and invest $100 million over the next five years in a new regional headquarters and distribution center in Cartersville.

“Lidl’s commitment to locate in Georgia speaks to our business-friendly climate and robust workforce,” said Deal. “Georgia is a gateway to the Southeastern market and beyond, providing innovative retail leaders such as Lidl the logistics infrastructure needed to support a growing customer base. We value Lidl’s investment and share in the company’s vision for future growth.”

Lidl opened its first 10 stores in the U.S. on June 15. By next summer, Lidl plans to open up to 100 stores along the East Coast and create 5,000 total jobs.

“We thank Governor Nathan Deal and leaders in Bartow Country for their support of our operations in Georgia,” said Brendan Proctor, president and CEO of Lidl US. “We are excited to be part of the community in Cartersville, which has a vibrant workforce and offers a central location for our distribution network. This facility will be an important part of Lidl’s efficient infrastructure that will allow us to deliver outstanding quality goods to our customers at the lowest possible prices.”

The Cartersville facility will be the company’s fourth regional headquarters and distribution center. The other centers are in Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland.

“I’m extremely pleased to welcome Lidl to Cartersville and into our diverse family of industries,” said Cartersville Mayor Matt Santini. “Their investment in our community is greatly appreciated as are the quality jobs that come along with it. Our city and county work together to provide an atmosphere that is conducive for quality businesses to locate and thrive, and this latest project is no exception. We are also grateful to our local JDA team and the state of Georgia Economic Development team for their partnership in bringing Lidl to Cartersville.”

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Director of International Investment Nico Wijnberg represented the Global Commerce division in partnership with Georgia Power and the Bartow-Cartersville Second Joint Development Authority.

“We are excited that Lidl has chosen Georgia to expand their U.S. operations,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “This forward-thinking company is an excellent addition to Georgia’s booming business infrastructure. Lidl will have access to our strong logistics network and skilled workforce that will help them stay ahead of the global competition and meet the needs of their customers.”

About Lidl
Lidl operates more than 10,000 stores in 28 countries, offering customers the highest quality fresh produce, meat, bakery items and a wide array of household products at the lowest possible prices. Lidl first established its U.S. headquarters in June 2015. For more information, visit

Advocates for Children Announces New Safe Place Coordinator

People pass the yellow and black Safe Place signs all the time, some never knowing their significance. The signs indicate that the staff at that facility are trained and ready to help a young person in crisis. March 19-25 marks a week of awareness for the National Safe Place Network, a youth outreach and prevention program for young people in need of immediate help and safety.

Tracy Arp

As one of five Safe Place affiliated organizations in Georgia, Advocates for Children oversees the efforts more than 90 Safe Place locations in Northwest Georgia. Coordinating that program is Adairsville resident Tracy Arp, who among her roles, serves as direct care staff for residents at Advocates’ Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter in Cartersville. With more than 10 years of experience with community support for young people, Arp’s expanded responsibilities will include coordination of these sites and outreach to the community.

“No child at risk or in crisis should be without resources,” said Arp, who is originally from Calhoun. “It’s important that we have a network of support for youth who are in danger, have run away from home, or feel that it is unsafe to stay where they were living. Our Safe Place partners help us to reach those individuals who might not have any other place to turn.”

The National Safe Place Network designates businesses and organizations as Safe Place locations, making help readily available to youth in communities across the country. Locations include libraries, fire stations, various businesses, some churche­s, schools, and social service facilities.

Youth who are struggling with abuse, neglect, homelessness, dangerous dating situations, drug abuse and other challenges can find immediate help and support through the Safe Place network. These challenges may lead young people to make difficult, and sometimes dangerous, decisions in an effort to escape what it is they are going through. Sometimes, youth feel they don’t belong, and leaving home is often not a choice they want to make. Youth may visit any designated Safe Place site location and receive immediate help.

“Outreach is a key to the success of the program,” she explained. “Youth need to know that help is available, and the community needs to understand the importance of this program. We work with local schools, community organizations and anywhere we can get the message out to people.”

All of Advocates for Children’s locations in Bartow County serve as a Safe Place, as do local fire stations, libraries and many schools throughout the area. Most QuikTrip stores, including those in Cherokee, Cobb, North Fulton, Paulding and Pickens counties, are also designated Safe Place locations. Each location displaying the signature Safe Place sign must keep updated information on training status, site visits, and visibility of signage. There is always a need for more sites, according to Arp, especially in areas of greatest need.

Advocates for Children utilizes the Safe Place program to extend its reach to youth in crisis, and to give youth-friendly locations the opportunity to take an active role in assisting and supporting young people. In addition to seeking out facilities that are displaying the yellow and black sign, Safe Place has implemented a national network that allows a young person to call 1-800-422-TEEN or text “SAFE” and their current location to 69866 for the closest Safe Place site information.

For more information about Safe Place and other services and programs provided through Advocates for Children, visit

Public Open Houses for Atlanta-Chattanooga High Speed Ground Transportation Project

The Georgia Department of Transportation in cooperation with the Federal Railroad Administration and the Tennessee Department of Transportation will hold three public information open houses to discuss the proposed Atlanta-Chattanooga High Speed Ground Transportation project.

The first open house is scheduled for Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 6 until 8p.m. at the Georgia DOT General Office, located at 600 West Peachtree Street in Atlanta. The second meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 16 from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency – Development Resource Center, located at 1250 Market Street # 2000, Chattanooga, TN 37402. A third public information open house is scheduled for Thursday, November 17 from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Dalton City Hall and Administrative Building, located at 300 West Waugh Street, Dalton, GA 30720.

The purpose of these open houses is to provide the public with opportunities to review the recently released Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Tier 1 DEIS) for the Atlanta-Chattanooga High Speed Ground Transportation project. Residents of northwest Georgia and east Tennessee interested in learning more about the study are encouraged to attend the meetings and express their thoughts and preferences.
“We would like to hear the viewpoints and concerns of all area residents,” says Dewayne Comer, district engineer at the Georgia DOT office in Cartersville.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) recently reached a major milestone for the Atlanta to Chattanooga High Speed Ground Transportation project, which considers high speed passenger service to connect Atlanta, Georgia to Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Tier 1 DEIS presents three corridor alternatives to connect the two cities and a broad evaluation of the potential environmental impacts of each alternative.

“The Georgia DOT strongly believes that since this project is intended to serve the people of east Tennessee and northwest Georgia, the ideas and preferences of these people are important,” Comer explains. “These meetings will provide the public with information about the three alternatives under consideration, high speed ground transportation technologies considered, and the criteria that can be employed to identify a preferred corridor alternative.”

These three open houses will be informal, and the public is invited to attend anytime during these hours. There will be no formal presentations. A court reporter will be available at each open house to allow the public an opportunity to make verbal comments about the project.

The meeting sites are all accessible to persons with disabilities. Accommodations for people with disabilities can be arranged with advance notice by calling Ariel Heckler Intermodal Project Manager at 404-631-1229 phone number.

Copies of the project’s environmental document will available for review at the three open houses and are available to the public at any time by sending a request to:

Ms. Ariel Heckler
Project Manager, Division of Intermodal
Georgia Department of Transportation
600 West Peachtree Street, NW – 2nd Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30308

The environmental document will also be available for review before the dates of the open houses at the project website: