Some of Dothan’s most well-known manufacturing and distribution businesses have been given a huge "boost" for expansion projects. Thousands of dollars in grant money is now helping them grow.
Several politicians and business leaders made their presence known in the Circle City Monday. They presented grants to bring back and encourage industrial growth in Alabama.
Four area industries were awarded with almost $200,000 in grant money from the state industrial development grant program.
"These past four projects represent over 300 new jobs in our area and well over $20 million in capital investment, so thank you, gentlemen, for all your help clapping," said Matt Parker of the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce.
Representatives from the state Legislature, along with Gov. Bob Riley's office, helped to pass these grants during the most recent legislative session. It's funding that has been needed since the development program began about three decades ago.
"Not only did they solve funding of the current program and projects we have in our community, but they also found a long-term solution for economic development for new and expanding industry," said Parker.
For years the state has needed the money to support the industries, but could not find funding. Other states were beginning to realize the problem and were using it as an incentive to lure the businesses to their states instead.
Monday was an opportunity for Dothan officials to express their gratitude to state legislators for fixing the problem.
Mayor Pat Thomas said, "For the governor's office and the legislative delegation to work so diligently to find a long-term solution, it's good that we can make promises so the next people we bring to town will know that the state's behind them and so is the legislative delegation."
Each of the four companies awarded the grant money has brought new technology and innovation to southeast Alabama, and they will now continue to invest in our community.
Each of the businesses were qualified for the grant money because they are either "new" or "growing." The money will be used for projects within the companies such as building site preparation, excavation or site drainage.
The Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce has a couple more projects that will be submitted to legislators for the next session.