'An Opportunity': Officials break ground at Harlan County Business Park

Published: Apr. 15, 2019 at 7:16 PM EDT
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It is expected to bring in new industry and jobs to hundreds in the county.

Monday afternoon officials in Harlan County held a groundbreaking at the Harlan County Business Park.

"This build-ready site I think has an opportunity that will land an employer that could recruit employees from all across our labor-shed," said Colby Kirk, the 'ONE Harlan County' Executive Director.

The site is the only build-ready site south of I-64 and east of I-75. Officials say that alone is a huge draw for an industry looking into the area.

"I think that could be very very important for the future of this industrial park on down the road," said Roger Fannin, the Chairman of 'ONE Harlan County.'

The area is within a federally designated Promise Zone and an Opportunity Zone. It is also on a site that was mined at one time so it qualifies of Abandoned Mine Land (AML) funding.

"It's a celebration of getting started on true economic diversification," said Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley. "This will give us the ability to land something."

The blueprints for the building the county drafted for the site is about 50,000 square feet. A company could expand that building size an additional 50,000 square feet. The pad site is 15 acres and the entire area of land they own is 150 acres.

"You know we love groundbreakings, the only thing better than a groundbreaking is a ribbon cutting on new business and that's what we're looking forward to," added Fannin.

"We're actually gonna be able to share this story with new companies that are looking at relocating or expanding in Kentucky so we're really excited to share our story of our available workforce," mentioned Kirk.