Road and Bridge Project Becomes Reality for Prattville
October 19, 2018
Contact: Kristi Pieper, Marketing & Communications
Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce
Office: (334) 365-7392
Cell: (334) 391-1710
October 19, 2018
Road and Bridge Project Becomes Reality for Prattville and Autauga County
Autauga County, AL – There is a proverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together,” and the City of Prattville and Autauga County are going together and confirming once again, they are OPEN for Business!
The City of Prattville and Autauga County Commission, US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration and the Central Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission (CARPDC) have proven that strong partnerships build relationships and yield success. By working effectively together, they are accomplishing a major project that has been in the making for more than 20 years.
In a joint effort, the Prattville City Council and the Autauga County Commission made a 50/50 investment matching the initial award of the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration grant of $2,364,940. The nearly $6 million infrastructure investment will connect County Road 4 and Highway 82 with a 1.3-mile road and bridge system, giving industries the necessary transportation network to function efficiently through the 700-acre AdvantageSite certified industrial park.
Approximately 400 acres in varying parcel sizes are available for new industrial customers looking to locate to this heavy industrial zoned park less than four miles from Interstate 65. This investment will assist current park tenants Medline and Pearson Industries, and the future location of James Hardie Building Products.
“I’ve heard it said that luck is when preparation meets opportunity,” said Senator Clyde Chambliss. “I am so proud of the City and the County for preparing financially for a project as big as this. The opportunity came with James Hardie, and the return on their investment will have a positive impact on our community for generations!”
The City of Prattville has been trying to build an access road and bridge over rail in the South Industrial Park since the mid 1990’s. This addition is setting Prattville and Autauga County apart in economic development recruitment to the industrial park located between County Road 4 and Highway 82.
“Daniel Pratt had an idea, a plan, and a goal in 1834. His foundational vision has enabled the City of Prattville to further industrial growth and continued Progress in Prattville,” said Prattville’s Mayor Bill Gillespie. “Beginning in 1982, through a progressive plan, positive action, and a prosperous partnership, this project has come to fruition. Thank you to everyone who has supported and made this project possible.”
Infrastructure continues to be a priority for the City of Prattville and Autauga County. As the industrial park grows, increased power, water, gas and wastewater utility capacity will become available. The estimated completion date for the project is late summer 2019.
“James Hardie coming to Autauga County would not have been possible without the partnerships that led to the infrastructure plan and investment to enhance the transportation corridor,” said Jay Thompson, Chairman Autauga County Commission. “The road and bridge project opens the door for industries to locate in our area and provide more jobs for our community.”
The road and bridge project is a result of the dedicated partnerships to prepare for business to flourish. Proving, once again, the partnership between the City of Prattville and Autauga County is committed to ensuring the community is “Open For Business!”
The Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Department team represents the City of Prattville and Autauga County in industrial recruitment efforts. South Industrial Park is one of four parks available for business location throughout the entire county.
Pictured (L to R): Prattville City Council President Albert Striplin, Chairman Autauga County Commission Jay Thompson, Senator Clyde Chambliss, CARPDC Executive Director Greg Clark, Prattville Mayor Bill Gillespie.
Kristi Pieper, Marketing & Communications Director