Montgomery County Development Authority presents BPC with $100,000 stimulus check
By Kelley M. Arnold
Director of News and Public Information
MOUNT VERNON—Montgomery County Development Authority (MCDA) Executive Director Joe Filippone presented Brewton-Parker College Acting President Dr. Mike Simoneaux with a $100,000 stimulus check Monday, June 20.
The monies are intended to “prime the pump” generating recurring revenue for the private, Christian college, said Filippone.
The funds were approved Thursday, June 15 by the nine-member board as a special project under the development authority. The board routinely assists new businesses in providing funding for start-up expenses such as real estate fees, surveys and topography maps but this is the first time the authority has assisted an existing business with stimulus funds.
“As the county’s largest employer, Brewton-Parker College is critical to the economic prosperity of Montgomery County. Several local members of the College’s Board of Trustees, including Gary Braddy and Colon Sammons, as well as Mayor Fountain of Mount Vernon, spoke to us about the importance of BPC and its continuing mission to serve the local community – not only by providing education to area students but in providing jobs for many in the community, and setting the economic barometer of the county,” said Filippone.
BPC Acting President Simoneaux is encouraged by MCDA’s support of BPC’s mission.
“I wish to express the deep appreciation of the entire college family for this wonderful gift from the Montgomery County Development Authority. This gift underscores not only the generosity of the MCDA, but makes a crystal clear statement of confidence in Brewton-Parker College and its importance to Montgomery County,” said Dr. Simoneaux.
Filippone has served as the development authority’s executive director the past four years. The nine-member board is comprised of individuals in Montgomery County and a representative from the Montgomery County Commission, John Carpenter of Uvalda district. It has served the county since 1986.
Brewton-Parker College was established in 1904 as a high school for students in south Georgia, and has grown to a four-year liberal arts college with 17 major and 27 minor program offerings. Affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention, Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college south of Macon and north of Jacksonville, Fla.
The mission of Brewton-Parker College, a Georgia Baptist college, is to develop the whole student through the application of Biblically-centered truth to a liberal arts curriculum in a community of shared Christian values.