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Local town using industrial park to attract new jobs

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Updated: 6/19/2013 9:36 am
SMITHVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) — More trailers are being hauled away where the Smithville temporary school once stood on land owned by the Monroe County Board of Supervisors.

Having the school at that location has benefited the county as plans call for the land to be transformed into a fully operational industrial park.

"You know that we hope that us having the campus there has you know has upped the attractabilty of that site for future business there in Smithville, said Scott Cantrell, superintendent of education Monroe County Schools."

The property is now ready for construction and both the town of Smithville and the Monroe County Board of Supervisors are working to market the land for small business development.

"We're putting all our ducks in a row and getting it all lined up to where we will be able to show this piece of property to not only one but several different types of light industries," said Gregg Kennedy, mayor of Smithville."

One of the benefits that the Smithville industrial park offers to a potential new business or to potential new businesses is that the majority of the infrastructure is already in place, which would make it less expensive for a new business to come in and set up shop.

"It will save several thousand dollars just on the piping and the infrastructure," adds Kennedy. "The water and sewer will save several thousand dollars and also removing the top soil and getting the compaction rate on the soil to be able to pour slab, this has already been done and that makes things a lot cheaper."

Once new businesses come in, and with the school reopening at the original site, a major piece to the recovery will be in place.

"The quicker we get jobs back in town like we had before the tornado the quicker we going to see different aspects of recovery take place," said Kennedy."

Town leaders are optimistic more jobs in different fields will be created after the land is marketed to several smaller businesses as opposed to just one large business.
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