CLAYTON—When plans for a new organization called Forward Rabun were announced last year, it seemed like a match made in heaven.
The three entities most responsible for Rabun County’s economic success—the Development Authority of Rabun County, the Rabun County Chamber of Commerce and the Tourism Development Authority (TDA)—would all move to a renovated building on Highway 441 south of the Clayton city limits.
Unified under the leadership of newly-hired county Director of Development Rick Story, Forward Rabun was billed as a synergistic approach to economic development that is gaining traction in other areas of the state.
But nearly a year later, TDA Chairman Alan Price and Executive Director Teka Earnhardt say the county wants to make it impossible for TDA to continue operations as they are currently structured.
As a result, the TDA may soon be no more.
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