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Adair EDA finalizes road plans, discusses jobs program

The Adair County Economic Development Authority (EDA) held its August Board of Directors Meeting August 18, 2020 with Chairman Bobby Morrison presiding, making the fourth member of the required quorum. In addition, those present were Roger Meadows, Mark Dykes, Columbia Mayor Pamela Hoots and Ann Martin.

Morrison announced that everything is finalized after the decision to change the direction of the road in the Green River Commerce Park and boring is ready to begin.

For months he has been working to gain access to the additional 144 acres of the Park, however, TC Energy refused all plans that would have meant crossing their pipeline.

With the Board's decision to avoid the pipeline and take the planned road to the back of the Industrial Park property, there will be no need to cross the pipeline. There are lots that can immediately be sold and developed, leaving the remaining 144 acres for a future time. They can build a good road to each of the lots in the upper part of the park with a completed road.

To avoid crossing the pipeline, the lower 144 acres will have to be entered by a separate road once that possibility is explored and negotiated in the future. In the final negotiations with the pipeline company, TC energy is examining the possibility of granting funds to EDA to develop the alternate right of way instead of crossing over the pipeline.

At the August meeting it was also decided to follow through on the presentation done at the July meeting by the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation regarding the new program which allows two or more candies to share the cost of licensing agreement for telework USA, a program to secure jobs.

KHIC charges a fee of $45,000 which can be shared by up to three counties. Darrell McGaha elaborated on the specifics of this program and was enthusiastic about its potential. Information was being mailed to the Adair Kenny Judge Executive and will be followed up on at next month's meeting.

Mayor Pamela Hoots reported to the Board that the City is working with a telemarketing company out of London, KY to help find work-at-home jobs and over 60 people had been hired as of the meeting day with more interviews being conducted. There is no charge to the City by that company. The City is merely providing the Pavilion at the Fairgrounds for interviews.

The EDA meets monthly at the Columbia Adair Chamber of Commerce building, 201 Burkesville Street in Columbia. Next regular meeting will be held Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 8amCT.

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Green River Industrial Park road planning

2020-08-21 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener,
Adair County EDA Chairman Bobby Morrison explains the layout of the Green River Industrial Park at the August meeting this week. Masks were worn and the meeting was held in the lower level of the Chamber building to provide for social distancing to help curb the spread of the Coronavirus. Morrison has worked for several months on efforts for an expanded road through the Park which would open up the lower half, 144 acres, to development. Looking at the map, entry from Hwy 55 N is at the upper left. The present road goes just past properties owned by ATS on both sides of the road.

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Industrial park road work to begin this week

2020-08-25 - Adair County, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener,
The Green River Industrial Park has waited a long time for expansion of the road which is set to begin this week. It will make lots in the northern part of the park accessible to show visitors looking for a place to locate future businesses.

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Green River Commerce Park from above

2020-08-25 - Adair County, KY - Photo from google maps provided by ATS.
Road expansion work in the industrial park is set to begin this week. This is an arial view of the first business - ATS - to be located in Green River Commerce Park, one that has been built by a local family from the ground up, and continues to grow. Expansion work will take place past this business to make more lots easier to access for development.

Rob Wilkerson, owner of ATS (Assisted Transportation Systems), and Wilkerson Auto & Mobility Sales, shown here is glad to see the road improved. He said, "I think it's very vital for potential industries to be able to access the park and the lots that are available here. It will also help traffic flow in and out of the park. At the moment it's difficult for semi trucks to access the park and to get turned around." This google map doesn't show present activity at this business where a new building is under construction.

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Growth at ATS inside the industrial park

2020-08-25 - Adair County, KY - Photo from ATS.
Assisted Transportation Systems continues to grow and expand on acreage purchased in the Green River Commerce Park from the Adair Economic Development Authority. A new building, pictured at left, is nearing completion now, being built by another local business, Fabco. This newest ATS building will be a parts facility to store parts used in manufacturing. ATS is a major supplier of quality special needs wheelchair van conversions for assisted transportation. The business located in at 238 Development Drive, Columbia, KY, presently provides 45 jobs.

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