EDC Eyes Future Development

by Paul Manke


Giles County Economic Development Commission members discussed but took no action on a suggestion from Pulaski City Administrator Terry Harrison to develop another dirt pad for attracting another industry to the Dan Speer Industrial Park South, along Highway 31.


EDC members agreed, at the September meeting, to consider the suggestion in October when more information is available.


A site with a second pad could enhance Giles County’s attractiveness to landing more
industry, he said.


The price of the venture, which had not been determined by meeting time, would be small, compared to the benefits that might be received, he said. 


In other business:

• EDC Director David Hamilton said the latest unemployment rate for Giles County had risen to 5.1 percent up from 4.3 percent.


“Rates for a lot of counties went up in the past month,” he said.


• Edelmann, a printing company that employs approximately 48 on Bennett Drive, announced plans to close its plant Nov. 9, according to Hamilton.


Employees were not given a severance package, he said. Hamilton said he has contacted the building owner about plans for the structure, which Edelmann does not own.


• A road to some lots in the Industrial Park South has been completed, he said.


• Hamilton reported to the EDC that the Tennessee Department of Transportation has lost a lawsuit over a sign, which could make it easier for Giles County to put one up regarding its industrial park. Hamilton has been talking with the state, on behalf of the EDC, about placing a sign. 


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