Pike County Chamber of Commerce hosts Business Over Breakfast

The Pike County Chamber of Commerce hosted Business Over Breakfast at South Alabama Elective Cooperative Wednesday morning.

Dana Sanders, Pike County Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the large gathering of Chamber members and community leaders and introduced the guest speakers for Business Over Breakfast- Brundidge Mayor Isabell Boyd, Troy Mayor Jason A. Reeves, Pike County Commission President Robin Sullivan and Pike County Economic Development President Chase Cobb.

Boyd said Brundidge continues to move forward in making positive changes to ensure the health, safety and welfare of its citizens, as well as maintaining the stability of the city’s economic growth.

“Brundidge completed several projects in 2021, including Lowe’s Hometowns Grant, CBDG Demolition Grant and the city’s Business Retail Market.

“The city is working hand-in-hand with several of our businesses in hopes of partnering with Main Street Alabama,” Boyd said. “This partnership will provide us with the opportunity to revitalize our city along the downtown area.

“Galloway Park is getting new playground equipment and basketball courts. We are also working toward securing funding for storm shelters in both the north and south areas of town.”

Boyd said the city is working with a $10 million budget to keep the city moving forward and in the right direction.

“We are positive and excited about the future of our city,” she said.

Reeves said the one thing, of which he is most proud, is the sense of working together that keeps Troy moving forward.

“By working together, we are able to accomplish more,” he said. “That is the bottom line.”

Reeves acknowledge that it’s the work of “great teams” that make progress possible.

He highlighted downtown development and said there will soon be “no open spaces around the square.”
The partnership with Troy University has been a catalyst in the growth of Troy’s downtown area, the mayor said.

“As we continue to move forward, it is important that no one is left behind,” Reeves said in regard to growing the northern area of the city. “We are dedicated to keeping our workforce engaged and excited about the future.”

Sullivan said the Pike County Commission sits at the table with a $5 million sales tax fund and a $400,000 lodge tax balance that provide a measure of financial security.

The Rebuild Alabama Act of 2019 has made it possible for the county to make road improvements that enabled it to be second in the state as a beneficiary of the Rebuild Alabama Act.

Sullivan provided an update on the county’s jail and judicial complex at the intersection of Highway 29 North and Gibbs Street. The $54 million complex will replace the county’s obsolete jail and includes a building for the county’s court system that provides for the safe transfer of inmates from vehicles into the jail and from the jail to the courtroom. The complex features an administration building for the Pike County Sheriff’s Office as well as a correctional facility. The complex also includes a building for the consolidated emergency dispatch officers and the Pike County Emergency Management Agency.

As the Pike County Economic Development President, Cobb works for the economic growth of all Pike County.

Cobb said Pike County is indeed blessed to continue to get “win after win” in economic and industrial growth.

“Pike County continues to grow even though growth is not an easy road,” he said. “At this time, Pike County has 651 available jobs. Anyone who wants a job should be able to get one.”

What is amazing about Pike County’s growth is that the growth is occurring against the odds.

“Starbucks’ coming here doesn’t make sense,” he said. “It goes against the demographics. It shouldn’t be here at all. But it’s here.”

And, other “bid deals” are just amazing and it’s all about leadership and about working together. Those factors are what makes good business sense and business growth, Cobb said and added, as Pike County continues to grow, so will the standard indicators of the quality of life.

“It all about economic development,” he said. “And, there is the misconception about what economic developers do and it does include recruitment and business but 80 percent is helping y’all every day.”

Cobb said the Pike County Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to helping its government partners, to workforce development, to getting people off 231 and to providing good career opportunities here in Pike County.

Sanders thanked everyone for attending the Business Over Breakfast event with special thanks to those who shared the business of Pike County.