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Taylor County Eliminates Barriers to Growth

May 15, 2019


Time is money, and nowhere is that sentiment more evident than in the site selection process. Companies seeking to site a new business location look to eliminate as many barriers as possible to ensure a timely and cost-efficient transition. It’s for this very reason that Team Taylor County has taken the extra step in its site development efforts, taking the guess work and red tape out of the picture for prospective industrial clients.

Taylor County’s 173-acre Heartland Commerce and Technology Park is where job creators will find one of the state’s premiere industrial property offerings. Certified as Build-Ready, the property boasts a 100,000 square-foot pre-engineered, pad-ready site, expandable up to 200,000 square feet. So, what does Build-Ready certified mean exactly? It means that not only can a client put a shovel in the ground almost immediately, but the bureaucracy that can often delay construction has already been eliminated, making it faster and easier to be up and running.

“Taylor County takes pride in being proactive in serving the needs of both new and existing businesses,” said Ron McMahan, executive director of Team Taylor County, the community’s lead economic development agency. “With the help of community leaders and partners, we’ve been able to demonstrate our willingness to go the extra mile for our business community through efforts like Build Ready. We know that this proactive approach allows companies to make quick decisions based on factual and readily available information.”

Located south of Campbellsville on Highway 55, the Heartland Commerce and Technology Park is conveniently located equidistant between Kentucky’s largest metropolitans, Louisville and Lexington, as well as in close proximity to the Bowling Green area.

Fully equipped with all necessary utility lines, including gas, electric, water, sewer and broadband, the property has undergone extensive vetting. Environmental studies, including Phase I, Wetlands Delineation, Endangered Species and Archaeological have all been completed. Zoning and permitting hurdles have also been addressed.

But that isn’t all. An approved site plan, preliminary interior and exterior architectural plans and color rendering for a proposed building, along with a real cost estimate, construction plan and timeline are also available. Owned by the Campbellsville-Taylor County Economic Development Authority, the community has also outlined a versatile project financing plan to give the client options.

However, the icing on the cake may just be the readily available, downloadable site files, courtesy of Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperative’s PowerVision tool. Saving companies thousands of dollars on the front end, PowerVision makes available CAD files, 3D video and aerial files at no cost at https://dataispower.org/project/heartland-commerce-technology-park/.

“Our hope is that these actions will make Heartland Commerce and Technology Park even more attractive to new and expanding companies,” added McMahan. “By narrowing the timelines between digging a footer to day one of production, we’re saving companies both time and money.”

McMahan further adds that the community hopes to utilize this growth opportunity to further diversify its local economy by attracting a variety of advanced manufacturing industries.

“We have an abundant supply of water with the presence of Green River Lake, with excess daily capacity in our existing water and sewer facilities. This location would be a natural fit for a food and beverage or other value-added ag industry employer,” said McMahan. “Additionally, with the new Central Kentucky Career Center coming online, our community will have a deeper pipeline of skilled and available workers, including welders, industrial maintenance technicians and more. This is an exciting time for our community. We look forward to what the future holds for our business community.”

For more information about the Heartland Commerce and Technology Park Build-Ready site, contact Ron McMahan, executive director of Team Taylor County at 270-465-9636.