Members of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce’s economic development committee met recently with board of commission members, Senator Frank Ginn and others to discuss the county’s economic future.
Economic development committee member Bruce Azevedo, who also chairs the Industrial Development Authority board, said he hoped this was the first of continued meetings between county leaders.
“In the absence of a county economic development committee, we want to step up and pull all of us together as one community,” he said. “We need to make sure we’re all going in the same direction so we’ll be ready when an opportunity (for growth) comes along.”
The committee identified some basic issues holding back growth – citing primarily infrastructure, such as water treatment facilities, and the lack of easy access to a main travel corridor, such as I-85.
The group discussed the upcoming continuation of the four-laning of Hwy. 72. They also discussed that four-laning Hwy. 98 to connect with Hwy. 441 and I-85 are also future possibilities, increasing the county’s viability for commercial and agricultural businesses.
“We are looking for an anchor industry to support sewer infrastructure (on Hwy. 72),” economic development committee chair Phil Munro said.