Maury County Chamber and Economic Alliance officials celebrated the start of 2012 Tuesday as its new Chairman, Harvey Church, took office from outgoing Chairman Jan McKeel.
Church said they’ve seen great successes to end 2011. He said 2012 will be a great year. Church said they have begun several key initiatives including a proposed Industrial Park on I-65, plans for the Cherry Glen business park and development of the Northfield Workforce center.
The outgoing Chairman, Jan McKeel, said they’re excited about the amount of money raised for industrial development, the growth of jobs, and growth of the chamber membership.
“It’s millions of dollars in capital investment,” McKeel said. “We’ve had almost 500 jobs that have already landed in 2012. There were over 900 jobs announced for 2012,” said McKeel.
Church said the momentum of 2011 should carry over to this year.
“You’ve got the I-65 (Industrial Park) project. We want to continue to grow Cherry Glen and put in a spec building and the rail if we can get the funding,” said Church.
Brandom Gengelbach is the Chamber and Economic Alliance president and said the economy seems to be turning. “This is the first year of our economic development strategy,” said Gengelbach.
“In 2012 you’re going to see IB Tech in Mt.Pleasant ramp up. So they’re going to be a lot of jobs there,” said Gengelbach. “You’ve got TRG that’s still growing,” he said.
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