The Georgia FFA/FCCLA Center in Newton County will receive an infusion of funds, with $9.5 million in additional grand funds in the fiscal year 2016 state budget to construct new buildings.
Newton County legislators State Sen. Rick Jeffares, R-McDonough and State Rep. Dave Belton, R-Buckhead, announced the funds Monday.
The House of Representatives gave final, unanimous, approval to the fiscal year 2016 budget, or HB 76, on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.
“I’m proud of the Georgia General Assembly for their support of this beautiful facility through the 2016 state budget,” Jeffares said. “I would like to especially thank the members of our local delegation for working with us to secure the important funds. The FFA- FCCLA Center provides more than 30,000 children with more than 160,000 meals every year.”
The 75-year old facility will see new construction, including for a dining hall and activities center.
“These funds will allow the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center to construct a new 30,000 square foot dining facility and 15,000 square foot new activity center. The banquet hall will be one of the largest meeting areas this side of Atlanta,” Belton said. “The activity center is a multipurpose facility that will seat more than 700 for a banquet meal. These buildings will be available for countless organizations in Newton and the surrounding counties to use and enjoy. We are proud to be able to support this facility in Newton County”
The FFA/FCCLA is one of the largest youth camps in Georgia. The current dining facility is more than 75 years old.