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Economic Impact of River Edge More Than $104 Million

March 17, 2014

MACON —A new report shows that River Edge Behavioral Health Center generated a positive economic impact of more than $104 million to central Georgia last year. The Middle Georgia Regional Commission completed the analysis using data on River Edge’s staff and expenditures for fiscal year 2013.

“We are delighted this report so clearly illustrates River Edge has even broader, positive impact than even our services to more than 12,000 individuals and paychecks to more than 600 people last year,” said Shannon Terrell Harvey, chief executive officer of River Edge. “River Edge remains committed to making life even better for the communities and individuals we serve in the years to come.”

The $104 million economic impact includes River Edge’s direct $37 million operating budget, and indirect impacts from that spending on the local economy. The analysis also outlined the positive fiscal impact on local governments, including property and sales taxes paid.  The Regional Commission’s analysis also concluded River Edge created 1,191 additional local jobs.

About River Edge
River Edge has provided comprehensive mental health, addictive disease, and developmental disabilities services and supports in Central Georgia since 1950. Through multiple locations, River Edge currently serves more than 12,000 youth and adult residents of Bibb, Baldwin, Jones, Monroe, Putnam, Twiggs, Wilkinson and surrounding counties annually.  With special expertise to assist individuals with intensive support needs, River Edge empowers, encourages recovery and strengthens resilience. River Edge accepts Medicaid, Medicare, most private insurance and offers a sliding scale fee for individuals without insurance.