continued, "It's a great day.
..."Coastal Gateway would like to thank all of our industries that participated in the tournament and made it such a big success," said CGEDA President Wiley Blankenship.
...CGEDA president Wiley Blankenship met with officials in Conecuh and Monroe Counties recently to discuss current projects as well as recruitment efforts to bring industry to the region. Blankenship
went before the Conecuh County Commission
on Monday, June 11 to give them an update on the efforts of CGEDA
.Blankenship was joined by local Economic Developer Daryl Harper.
told the commissioners CGEDA
currently has over 1,200 acres under option for development in Conecuh County. This is a tremendous gain because in the past developers have been subjected to increased land prices when interest is shown in property.Blankenship
added that several projects are underway in the area, including the development of the property at I-65 and Highway 84.According to Blankenship
has been and will continue to target the aviation industry for possible industrial growth.One big asset in this concern is the property in close proximity to Evergreen's Middleton Field Airport. Blankenship
also gave a presentation to the Monroe County Commission
on Tuesday, June 12.
updated the Monroe County commissioners on how CGEDA
is promoting Monroe County to industrial and retail businesses around the world.Blankenship
pointed out that one of the county's strengths is the Monroe County Airport, which he
referred to as a "killer of an airport"."You have over 6,000 feet of runway and that's just not found in rural counties this size," he
said the county could enhance the airport's marketability to industrial prospects by acquiring additional property adjacent to the airport for expansion and industrial sites.
also suggested the county and the City of Monroeville consider working together to expand the Monroeville Industrial Park by adding at least 100 acres."There's only about 25 acres left at the park," Blankenship
said."We need another 100 acres at least."He
said the county may even want to look at splitting the cost of constructing another speculative building at the park with the city when the present spec building is sold."We only have three spec buildings in the region now," he
said."We have a 30,000 sq. ft. building here (Monroeville), a 25,500 sq. ft. building in Brewton and an 18,000 sq. ft. building in Evergreen.Atmore is planning to build a 50,000 sq. ft. building near Interstate 65."Blankenship
also suggested city and county leaders should consider developing retail districts similar to the ones Conecuh County has developed.Blankenship
will give a presentation to the Escambia County Commission
on July 23 in Brewton.