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The Child Advocacy Center hopes to have construction complete by Thanksgiving.

The Child Advocacy Center hopes to have construction complete by Thanksgiving.

We have to stay ahead. That is what Houston County leaders say needs to happen in order to entice businesses to move into the county. Chamber President Matt Parker and Commission Chairman Mark Culver, along with other leaders, are trying to make 252 acres of land at the Houston County Distribution Park “shovel-ready”.

“We have to stay ahead of the game and we have to prepare for development,” says Parker.

“You have to do all the testing of the soil. You have to do all the testing of endangered species. A lot of things like that. Border surveys. Things like that,” explains Culver.

By completing all necessary land surveys, the county makes it possible for businesses to start construction immediately.

“When you can speed things up, and save several months of time that you normally have to go through these rigorous geotechnical studies, and that it is money for them, it gets their money up and ready for them. It really sets us apart from everyone else,” Parker adds.

Right now there are seventeen shovel-ready sites in Alabama. Parker says that teamwork between business leaders, the city council, and utility companies will make the sites stand out.

As Parker comments, “You can tell real quick who is at the table, how ready a community is, when we have all the partners from the utilities, to the government entities, to the business people, that provide services that were ready to go we want them.”

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