DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- The city of Enterprise was chosen Friday as the home of Alabama’s 5th state veterans’ home.
“This is a great day for Enterprise,” says Enterprise Mayor William Cooper.
After two years and reviewing 12 proposals, the Alabama State Board of Veterans Affairs has chosen Enterprise as the home of the state's fifth veterans home.
The new long term health facility will be able to house up to 175 veterans.
Enterprise is a patriotic city that values its veterans and military population. We welcome them with open arms and embrace the experience, skill, talents, and knowledge that they possess and bring into our midst,” says Cooper.
The city of Enterprise and Coffee County worked together to prove they were the best fit for the center.
The proposal would not have been possible without the foresight of the city council.
Two years ago they purchased the property that will be the site of the new veterans’ home.
“We had no idea of opportunity at the time, but we knew we didn't have a chance with projects like this if we didn't have this available site. The council and mayor recognized this and took the necessary steps,” says Enterprise city councilman Turner Townsend.
Near Fort Rucker, Enterprise offered a unique large active-duty military and veteran population.
“We understand that the active-duty are the veterans of tomorrow, and we also serve this by the new VA center,” says Cooper.
Some believe it was teamwork between the city and county that put their proposals ahead of others.
“One thing they couldn't quite get a grip on was how the county and the city were together in either package,” says Coffee County commissioner Dean Smith.
The VA home will serve veterans but impact the community as a whole.
Once open the facility will employ 200 people primarily those in the medical field, and that's not the only job opportunities expected.
“The construction of the facility will also provide jobs that will impact the wiregrass so we believe our entire region will benefit by the decision,” says Cooper.
The veterans’ home is expected to open by 2023.
The new veterans’ home will be located between US Highway 84 and Alabama Highway 167.