An economic boost could be coming to Peach County and the rest of Central Georgia soon, according to a study conducted by the Middle Georgia Regional Commission.
The group found that the new and bigger Peach Regional Medical Center that's being constructed off Centerville Road in Byron could bring in $3.8 million dollars to the state over the next ten years.
"The county and the city would benefit from increased sales taxes, property taxes and revenues of that nature," said Robert Smith of the Middle Georgia Regional Commission.
The Peach Regional Medical Center will add 132 jobs to the area and the Middle Georgia Regional Commission found that the median income of those jobs would be just over $50,000 a year.
"The new Peach Regional Medical Center is going to add so much as far as economic development and businesses wanting to relocate around the hospital I think it will be a tremendous boost for the economy and the county in particular," said Nancy Peed, CEO of Peach Regional Medical Center.
13WMAZ talked to Mama Mia, an Italian restaurant that's opening up a location off Watson Boulevard in Warner Robins. It's just a few miles from the new hospital. The co-owner Rocco Corso is looking forward to gaining business from the hospital when it opens this summer.
"I could see more lunch crowd, you know doctors, nurses, maintenance crews, I could see them coming down to eat here and more patients, patients' families that are coming to visit them. I could see that boosting my business being in the location that I am," said Corso.
The new facility is scheduled to be completed in the summer. It is 68,000 square feet and that's roughly 15,000 square feet larger than the current hospital in Fort Valley.