Three Clayton cities to host joint economic development meeting

Lake City, Morrow and Forest Park working on ‘Tri City Venture’

MORROW — Elected leaders from three Clayton County cities are expected to sit down for a rare meeting to work on their joint future.

Officials from Forest Park, Lake City and Morrow will hear presentations on an economic development project their respective city managers have been working on for more than a year. The project, known as the Tri City Venture, is intended to eventually lead to an alliance designed to jump start development in their communities.

The cities have been working with the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government on the project.

“The cities of Lake City, Morrow and Forest Park have formed a joint venture in the spirit of a synergistic approach in developing an opportunity zone for the Tri City Area, which will bring tax credits to local employers hiring new personnel,” Lake City officials stated in a news release.

Today’s meeting will take place at 4 p.m. at the Morrow Center, 1180 Southlake Circle, Suite 100, in Morrow. Lake City City Manager Joel Lanken, Morrow City Manager Jeff Eady, Clayton County commission Chairman Jeff Turner and representatives of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government will give presentations during the meeting.

Lake City officials released the agenda late last week, and Morrow officials have posted a notice that a quorum of city council members may attend the meetings. Forest Park officials had not made any announcement of a potential quorum of its council members attending the meeting as of Monday night.