By BRIAN GRAVES
Bradley County is on the cusp of a major time of economic development.New construction. New roads. Record low unemployment. A new industrial park.All of these have made their way into the county’s …
Bradley County is on the cusp of a major time of economic development.
New construction. New roads. Record low unemployment. A new industrial park.
All of these have made their way into the county’s positive economic picture and there is no sign of it slowing down.
With that in mind, the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce will feature a presentation from Doug Berry, CBCC vice president of economic development, at its quarterly “Food For Thought” luncheon at noon, Thursday, Dec. 14.
Berry’s presentation comes at the end of a year that has been full of landmarks that could be the beginnings of a major development in the area of Exit 20.
Spring Branch Industrial Park, a $12-million plus investment, is currently undergoing construction of infrastructure with reports of industries already showing interest in the site.
That interest comes as the way to get to the park has been made much easier with the improvements at Exit 20 and the completion of the new Mayor Tom Rowland interchange which leads to Spring Branch.
Private investors are also in the process of preparing to host what is hoped to be a bonanza of businesses in that area.
Mayor Tom Rowland recently told a local civic club that two hotels are already planning to locate at Exit 20.
Business growth is also continuing along Paul Huff Parkway, and downtown Cleveland is gearing up for some major changes that is hoped to spur customers into making more visits to the downtown area.
That does not take into account the major industries which have already chosen the area as home – including Wacker, Olin, Mars Chocolate North America, Duracell, Coca-Cola, Bayer and Whirlpool – and their commitment and recommitments to their Bradley County sites.
Berry, who has served in his capacity since 2009, is expected to talk about progress on a variety of economic development projects, the general economic health of Cleveland and Bradley County, as well as an update on Spring Branch.
“Food For Thought” will be held in the Chamber’s conference room. Those interested in attending are asked to call the Chamber at 423-472-6587 or visit the Chamber’s events calendar at www.clevelandchamber.com by Dec. 12.
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