Tennessee Department of Transportation road design work is continuing for two projects involving the Fayetteville/Lincoln County Industrial Development Board, according to discussion in last week’s meeting.
The first of those is a road project planned at the Frito-Lay plant in Fayetteville, where the public road that runs along the north side of the facility will be closed and a new road constructed along the plant’s southern border.
“TDOT has finalized layout of the new road,” said Elaine Middleton, economic development director for the FLCIDB, noting that existing road will be utilized as access for the plant and its warehouse expansion expected to be complete in April 2014.
Middleton added that TDOT anticipates bidding the project in December, awarding in January and starting road construction of the new public roadway in February. The project also involves the relocation of sewer, gas, electric and water lines.
The second of the road projects will provide access to the anticipated location of GPP in Runway Centre, a county industrial park just off the Huntsville Highway in southern Lincoln County.
“That road project is in TDOT’s design phase,” Middleton said, noting that company officials have indicated the construction of a new facility for GPP is awaiting the availability of sewer.
In other discussion during IDB’s August session, officials said that work is continuing on schedule for the new speculative building to be located in the joint city/county industrial park on the Winchester Highway.
The industrial park is expected to be among the properties to be announced at the Governor’s Conference in October as being qualified as part of the Tennessee Site Selection program, an effort that will see the state marketing pre-qualified locations as being site ready for industrial prospects.
Runway Centre is also expected to be pre-qualified as part of the Tennessee Site Selection program, but that may come after the conference, according to discussion. The Corps of Engineers is conducting a re-evaluation of the property to fully assess its readiness.
IDB officials are currently waiting to see if they’ve made it to the next level with its application for up to a half million grant to assist with the county sewer project. The grant would be administered by the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Invest Prep program and is part of a competitive application process across TVA’s seven-state region.
Middleton also told board members that IDB is continuing to gain favorable responses in regard to a marketing campaign targeting gun and ammunition manufacturers from across the country. One of those, a company out of Utah, has expressed strong interest, she said, noting that she has provided the firm with all the requested documentation — “The ball’s in their court right now, but they’re definitely interested,” she said.
Jim Neale, a former member of the board, reported on activity associated with the Entrepreneurial Center, a regional effort aimed at identifying viable startups that would qualify for investment opportunities. Four startups recently participating in a summer-long program associated with the effort have been selected to be among the top 20 prospects benefiting from the program in Tennessee.
Additionally, the board agreed to contract with David Kidd, CPA, for 2014 auditing services. The fee amounts to $2,900.