At a time when real estate was on a downward spiral in many parts of the country, Franklin launched the Preserve project and within 49 months has built and sold 23 homes in this community. After only 19 of the lots had sold, he added a clubhouse, fitness center and a pool which was initially only to be done after 40 sold lots.
In addition to investing his money in the community, Franklin also offers his time and insight to civic organizations. He has served on United Way, the Chamber of Commerce and Crossroad Missions Boards. Currently he serves as a founding member and on the executive board of the Boys and Girls Club of Colquitt County, the Moultrie-Colquitt Count Development Authority and the Historical Preservation Commission City of Moultrie. He is active in the Chairman’s Round Table at the Moultrie YMCA. He and his wife Fran are members of Pine Grove Baptist Church. He has previously sponsored teams for Colquitt County Relay for Life and was a sponsor for Building Better Lives Campaign, YMCA. He also received the Moultrie Observers Corporate Citizen of the Year in 2011.
Franklin believes that Moultrie should be made an affordable alternative to Lowndes, Tift and Thomas Counties so he continues daily looking for ways to help improve Moultrie and Colquitt County and to help this community grow.