Prattville and Autauga County Awarded Federal EDA Dollars for South Industrial Park

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October 05, 2017

October 5, 2017

Federal EDA Grant Dollars Awarded for Prattville and Autauga County South Industrial Park
Autauga County, ALAs part of the continuing efforts to drive economic development and investment in Autauga County, the Economic Development Committee of the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded a $2,364,930 matching grant through Infrastructure Improvement funds to assist in the development and construction of the new road and bridge system for the South Industrial Park in Prattville, Alabama. This infrastructure investment will allow additional industrial partners to enter the Prattville and Autauga County market.  
“Congratulations to the City of Prattville and the Autauga County Commission on receiving this tremendous EDA award,” said Representative Martha Roby. “This significant investment was made possible by a great team effort, and I am looking forward to the economic boost and many jobs it will bring to the area. EDA grants are highly competitive, and I am very proud of the hard work that made this award a reality for Autauga County.”
In a joint effort, the Prattville City Council and the Autauga County Commission made a commitment to invest up to a total of $6 million in infrastructure and make the road and bridge a reality, these grant funds will be applied to the total cost of the project. The new road and bridge system will assist in the industrial transportation corridor for the area setting Prattville and Autauga County apart in the recruitment to the industrial park between County Road 4 and Highway 82.  
“This EDA grant solidifies a State, County, and City Partnership. The road and bridge partnership has proven to be a game changer for the City of Prattville,” said Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. “The James Hardie investment would not have been possible without an infrastructure plan in place to enhance the transportation corridor. Without this investment, we would not be receiving the direct and indirect jobs that are so valuable to our community and their families.”
The 1.3-mile road and bridge system will connect County Road 4 and Highway 82, giving industry the necessary transportation network to function efficiently. The South Industrial Park is an AdvantageSite Certified Park with more than 400 available acres of land for heavy industrial use. In addition to available land, this park boasts a dual-rail system available for industrial partners. The bridge will allow traffic to travel over the dual-rail system below and throughout the industrial park. This investment will assist current park tenants such as Medline and Pearson Industries and assist the community in welcoming new industry partner James Hardie Building Products.
Investment in the South Industrial Park will give the area a potential to recruit 500 – 1,000 or more future jobs. “Autauga County will grow and prosper with this partnership with the City of Prattville”, stated Autauga Commission Chairman Jay Thompson. “The Commission works hard to provide new jobs to our citizens here in Autauga County.”  
According to Amy Brabham, Economic Development Director, Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce, “Having a prepared, pad-ready industrial park is key to our future industrial growth. This product will bring opportunities for additional manufacturing jobs to locate in Prattville and Autauga County.”
The road and bridge project is a result of the dedicated partnerships among government to prepare for business to flourish. And, another reason Prattville and Autauga County are “Open For Business!”
EDA grants are awarded through a competitive process based upon the application’s merit, the applicant’s eligibility, and the availability of funds.
Further questions may be directed to Amy Brabham, Economic Development Director, Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce, at 334-365-7392 or
Kristi Pieper, Marketing & Communications Director
(334) 365-7392