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Commission to consider economic development project Wednesday

Pike County commissioners will hold a special meeting on Wednesday to review the county’s financial support of an economic development project.

“This is a large project and it’s really going to have a huge impact,” said Harry Sanders, county administrator. “I think everybody will be very happy about it.”

The Pike County Commission could spend up to $750,000 to help bring the project to the county, according to a public notice. Commissioners will meet at noon Wednesday to discuss and vote on a resolution to authorize the project agreement.

This recruitment process follows the guidelines set out in Amendment 772 of the code of Alabama, which allows cities and counties to spend money in the recruitment of specific industries.

“It allows cities and counties to expand their authority for a specific project,” Sanders said.

The City of Troy has utilized the 772 process numerous times recently, including in the recruitment of Conecuh Ridge Distillery, Kimber Firearms Manufacturing and Publix.

But the county has not utilized this process, Sanders said. “The last time it would have even been close to being appropriate is when Lockheed Martin came in, and I don’t know whether the process was even in place back then,” he said.

The commission will meet at noon Wednesday upstairs at the Pike County Health Department.