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"Really, what we're looking at is billions of dollars being invested in this local economy," the mayor said. "To my mind, it is the perfect storm of economic development." $14 billion will be poured into projects at Fort Gordon, Plant Vogtle and Savannah River Site, creating thousands of temporary construction jobs and permanent high-tech jobs.

The developments include:

- In Burke County, Georgia Power customers are funding a $6.4 billion expansion of Plant Vogtle nuclear power plant. 4,000 construction workers and up to 900 long-term

- At Savannah River Site, the U.S. Department of Energy is investing $4.8 billion in a Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility, 2,000 for construction and up to 1,000 permanently

- About $1.3 billion in DOE funds is going into an SRS Salt Waste Processing Facility, employing 400 for construction and 100 long-term.

- From President Obama's economic stimulus package, $1.6 billion is being used to speed up SRS environmental cleanup projects, creating about 3,000 jobs


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