“We used a consultant to quantify and qualify potential companies to move to the area, and spoke to 10 Canadian businesses,” said Butts. “It may not seem like much, but that is a very good number of businesses to meet.”
Butts said that several of the contacts expressed interest in moving to the mid-south region of the United States due to economic factors in Canada. “They looked at the proximity to their customers and the availability of transportation and felt that the labor situation is a lot shinier here.”
She added that visits from some of the contacted companies were already in planning stages for them to get a better look at what the three counties have to offer. “We were there at the right time and the right place to get our foot in the door. I feel like we may have been the first to speak to some of them,” said Butts.
Several of the companies inquired about the availability of existing structures to house their facilities. “We’re not opposed to building for them, but some of their requirements couldn’t be met by any existing structures, and we would have to work with them to provide what they need. We’ll work together whenever they come, to show them the industrial parks in all three counties. Due to the proximity, presence of the interstate and shared workforce, if one county lands a company, we will all benefit.”
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