New economic development opportunities

U.S. Representative Bud Cramer joined officials from across Jackson County today to celebrate funding the community has recently received to enhance its economic development activities.

"The entire Jackson County area has been working collectively for many years to increase the area's opportunities for economic growth," said Cramer. For the last several years, Representative Cramer has worked with state, county, and city officials to develop the Jackson County Industrial Park.

Representative Cramer, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, provided over $1.65 million to install and expand water and sewer lines to the park as well as help build an access road within the park.

Today's celebration highlighted recent efforts Cramer and the community have made to compliment the economic development assets throughout the county.  Specifically, Representative Cramer discussed $550,000 he secured for improvements at the Scottsboro Municipal Airport.

Cramer announced that he included this funding in the House-passed FY 2008 Transportation-HUD Appropriations Act. "This community has put together a plan that will modernize our airport as well as enhance its features and services to make it more attractive to prospective businesses," said Cramer.  "It will help ensure that our airport remains a facility that we can highlight to industry consultants and executives as a place that will provide immediate access to and from our community." In addition to the funding Cramer announced for the Airport, he congratulated officials from the 21 st Century Council's Impact Learning Center on receiving a $175,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).

The Impact Learning Center will use this funding to acquire new interactive technology that will help equip students become competitive in the new global economy. Cramer also highlighted the first company to use the Jackson County Industrial Park.

In April, KTNA Incorporated announced that it would be the first tenant.  KTNA is a joint Japanese and French auto parts supplier that is expected to initially employ 25 employees with plans to expand its workforce to 70 within the next three years. Cramer said, "All of our hard work is paying dividends for our community."