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Barren to get $500k for Industrial Park access

By Chuck Wolfe

Frankfort, KY - Gov. Andy Beshear today announced funding for access roads to spur development at industrial parks in Warren, Barren and Fulton counties.

"Even as we battle and sacrifice to save lives and control the spread of COVID-19, we still are working to grow our Kentucky economy," Gov. Beshear said.

"The work of growing our economy includes creating a favorable environment for manufacturing. That, in turn, requires more than just acreage. It requires investment in vital infrastructure, which includes access roads," Gov. Beshear said. "We want our communities to be able to capitalize on development opportunities, but opportunity has to be met by preparation."

Transportation Secretary Jim Gray said the new projects show how good streets and roads are indispensable to economic development. "The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is proud to be part of Team Kentucky and to have a role in preparing the ground for new, job-creating industrial sites," Secretary Gray said.

In Warren County, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is committing $500,000 from its Industrial Access Road program for a project by the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce to extend Prosperity Drive in the Kentucky Transpark.

The extended roadway will serve a new manufacturing plant being built by CROWN Cork & Seal USA and open 296 additional, rail-served acres for development within the Transpark. Governor Beshear helped to break ground for the Crown plant in February. The plant will make aluminum beverage cans.

"We are thankful that Kentucky is committed to investing in our infrastructure as a strategy to grow economic development success, which drives return on investment," Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson said. "The Crown Cork & Seal project alone is bringing $147 million to our economy through the creation of 126 jobs. It's wonderful that they're building a 327,000-square-foot facility in the Transpark."

Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon said connecting the Kentucky Transpark to additional acreage is a key component of the community's growth strategy. "This property sits on a CSX rail main line and is ready for industrial development. Bowling Green and Warren County are ideally positioned for the transportation of materials and products throughout the United States. Developing this property will position us to continue to attract manufacturing and distribution companies that can benefit from our location," Judge Buchanon said.

In Barren County, KYTC is committing $500,000 from the Industrial Access Road program to assist the Barren County Economic Authority in developing South Cooper Industrial Park along U.S. 68 in Glasgow. The local authority is in the process of acquiring 152 acres for the site. Once the purchase is completed, the funding will be used for construction of turn lanes on U.S. 68 and the access road itself.

"On behalf of the Barren County Fiscal Court and residents of Barren County I would like to express our gratitude for the support provided by Governor Beshear and Secretary Gray for the funding of the new access road for the South Cooper Industrial Park," said Barren County Judge-Executive Micheal Hale. "The development of the new industrial park will bring much-needed job opportunities for our residents. Receipt of these funds will for sure help us to expedite the development."

"Creating jobs and improving our infrastructure is of utmost importance," said Glasgow Mayor Harold Armstrong. "South Cooper Industrial Park will bring new business to the area, which is great news for our community. I'm pleased the Transportation Cabinet is providing this grant, and I look forward to the development of the South Cooper Industrial Park."

This story was posted on 2020-08-31 15:08:07
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