A New Country Music Theme Destination Soon To Come To Houston County

By: Rhiana Huckins Email
By: Rhiana Huckins Email

The stars will really be falling on Alabama soon. A new entertainment destination is in the works for Houston County.

Several country music stars are already interested in putting themed venues into Country Crossing.

"It’s going to transform our tourism market, we have over 2800 jobs in Houston County that are ties to tourism, tie that to 4800 or so," said Bob Hendrix of the Dothan Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Dothan area chamber of commerce says over a 10 year period, country crossing is expected to create up to 48-hundred jobs, 300 million in investment dollars, and project 206 million dollars on tax revenue.

Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver said, "Revenue the county receives will allow us to provide services to our citizens without having to think about a tax increase- increase government revenue with tax base."

Developer Ronnie Gilley compares the project to the entertainment in Branson, Missouri.

Gilley sees the baby boomer generation playing a major part in the success of the operation.

"That society is retired over the next 10 years. 40 percent of that population is expected to move to the southern region of the United States and a vast majority of that is expected to move to a more condensed sector."

There will also be room for an electronic bingo facility that will carry charitable bingo only.

Despite the new charity bingo restrictions in place, Culver says the commission is not trying to create a monopoly, but keep electronic bingo halls to a minimum in the county.

All we know about a location is an unincorporated part of Houston County. We should know a specific location in a couple of weeks.

Some developers say that Gilley was advised to move the location of "Country Crossing" to the Florida panhandle because of increased traffic, but Gilley declined.

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  • by Nicole on Feb 26, 2008 at 02:22 PM
    Did he say he was building the establishment in Coffee County or was it simply the Bama Jam that he talked about. I know that was a concert in a field just out of Enterprise that was mentioned but this is the first of a theme facility that I've heard about. Either way lower Alabama needs this. Everyone is sick of driving to Panama City, Atlanta, and Georgia to see decent concerts.
  • by Skeptic Location: Elba on Feb 26, 2008 at 11:02 AM
    Mr. Gilly will go where the money leads him. So, you folks in Dothan don't believe this is a done deal, especially with the established tourism in Florida. The tourist may still pass Dothan by on their way to the New Country Music Theme Park in Panama City Beach or other points south in the Sunshine State. Mr Gilley has made the same promises as he passed through several counties in Alabama. Mr. Gilly's intentions are highly suspect. So, I won't believe any of this pie-in-the-sky scheme until the place is built and you all have a grand opening. For those of you that are campaigning for the BINGO, if you insist on throwing your money away, aim it toward your local charities.
  • by UserUser Location: dothan on Feb 26, 2008 at 06:14 AM
    Coffee county is a dump, something like this would never succeed in Coffee county so quit whinning.
  • by jo Location: Enterprise on Feb 25, 2008 at 09:19 PM
    If this is to be true,why is Ronnie Gilley still listing this development to take place n Coffee County, with the grand opening being this summer???? For such a local fellow, why are you taking away from where/what you promised your local community?
  • by RALT Location: ELBA AL on Feb 25, 2008 at 07:56 PM
  • by gloria Location: "Enterprise" on Feb 25, 2008 at 06:03 PM
    This is in reference to the "Country Crossing" Construction development coming to Houston County. Big blow to Coffee County...We just placed one of "Top 10" places to live in America. Going to be the idea place to retire. The bottom line here...$$$... Could we get any more of our tax money flowing toward Houston County? What really happened here? There was more on the line here than the investments of the Country Music Stars.
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