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Gov. Kemp, Mayor Girtz Attend "Build With Strength" in Athens

File-Athens Area Habitat for Humanity

Athens Area Habitat for Humanity poured concrete this morning in Bogart for the first Habitat home in Georgia built using isolated concrete forms.

Industry experts say that insulated concrete forms are like life size Styrofoam Legos, stacked on one another. The void in the middle is filled with concrete. This type of construction technique is cost competitive, can be built quickly, and is more energy efficient.

Gov. Brian Kemp, Mayor Kelly Girtz, and local and state legislators were on hand for the pour. Kemp suggested that insulated concrete forms could be a pathway to more affordable workforce housing within the state.

Gov. Kemp: “People can get good paying jobs, but with the rate of inflation we’re seeing now, housing prices going up, for those folks that are moving to these communities are trying to better themselves continues to be an issue and todays like today helps solve that.”

Spencer Frye is a Georgia state representative (D-Athens) and executive director of Athens Area Habitat for Humanity.

Spencer Frye: “We’ve been talking about concrete and talking about construction, but the one thing we’re all here for is the families that are going in these houses.”

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!