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CDRA hears director report, new businesses coming

September 17, 2018

MT. PLEASANT-- Monte Bona, Community Development and Renewal Agency (CDRA) director appeared before the board comprised of the Mayor and city council members on Sept. 11 to give his report about the happenings in the agency.

Bona reported to the board there has been some significant progress in the industrial park. The agency had applied for a $247,000 grant for improvements in the park but would now has to be changed due to some needed new industry coming to the area. Specifically the old airport runway will now be upgraded to a new road and extended to serve the businesses in the park, which has been difficult for large trucks to service with limited ability to access.

Bona said a trailer manufacturing plant has bought the building formerly owned by Green Polka Dot Box, which has relocated to another smaller building in the park. The trailer facility anticipates up to 10 trucks per day will visit the facility and could create 100 new jobs over a five-year period.

Other businesses, a dairy supply and a furniture cover distribution center have also shown an interest in locating in the industrial park, creating even more jobs in the area.

Bona also reported that the first railroad car is scheduled to be finished in November and the ConToy Arena will host another Eventing in October.

The board thanked Bona for his time to the citizens of the city and helping to acquire millions of dollars of grants. A round of applause was given for his dedication by the board and audience.

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