ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WTVY) -- Enterprise was recently chosen as a site for a new veterans' home for the state, but that's not the only good news for the City of Progress.
Enterprise Mayor William E. Cooper (Source: City of Enterprise)
Mayor Bill Cooper talked about other economic developments Thursday.
While addressing the Enterprise branch of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, or NARFE, Mayor Cooper discussed being selected for the cite of the newest VA home in the state.
“Census data shows that Coffee County has nearly 7,000 veterans living here and we are blessed to have such a large number of veterans who calls this their permanent home” the Mayor said.
One of the biggest impacts the mayor looks forward to is the economic one that the VA home is expected to have on the community.
“In fact, the estimated impact for every year after the facility is fully developed is $19 million a year.”
Other economic projects the mayor discussed include improvements to the Enterprise Municipal Airport, which received a $1.4 million grant from the FAA to upgrade the tarmac; allowing larger planes to fly in and out.
”So this should be a definite advantage that should allow more commercial traffic” Mayor Cooper explained.
The Clark Cinema, off the Boll Weevil Circle, will soon be adding a big screen and larger auditorium due to the high volume of moviegoers in the area.
And behind the theater, upscale apartments are on the way- making room for new residents coming to the city.
“It will create an area for our military people and for those that are coming in and those that want to kind of move up and what not. We’ll have space for them to live” Mayor Cooper said.
The VA home is expected to be completed by 2023.