Good News Conecuh
Finally Conecuh gets to sit in the driver’s
seat for a while.
Thanks to the efforts of Mr. Jeff Taylor,
our Economic Developer, Conecuh has a reason to smile and be optimistic on the
heels of its latest purchase.
A little over a year ago the commission
body agreed to enroll outside help to promote Conecuh and hopefully get
something positive working for us. As
luck would have it we actually had two people qualify for the job and, rather
than force the county to play pick one, both of them agreed to work for the
county for the salary of one.
As time progressed one of these gentlemen decided
they needed to practice the “Free Willie” project and left our county leaving
us with Mr. Jeff Taylor, a resident of Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Hopkinsville Kentucky, where the heck is
that? Well, almost anyone that’s been in
the Army is aware of Hopkinsville. That’s
one of the closest towns to a military base called Fort Campbell.
Mr. Taylor was an Economic Development
Project Manager with the Tennessee Valley Authority, a position from which he
retired. Mr. Taylor was also a public
servant representing the people of Kentucky while serving as the state representative
for District 4. Fortunately for us, he
did not give up on the Economic Development part of his life; he merely made it
a part-time position.
Talking with Mr. Taylor about the
commission’s decision to purchase the old Louisiana Pacific property on Hwy. 29
just outside of Evergreen, on what is locally known as the Owassa Road, he is
quick to point out that the credit for this coup should go to the Commissioner’s
Just to tell you what a fantastic buy and
boon to our county let me say this, where are you going to purchase 123 acres
of already developed land for the price of $10.00? I wouldn’t mind having a person capable of
negotiating a deal like that do some land purchasing for me.
Mr. Taylor said he fell back on his
experience noting that for a neighborhood, community, town or city to be able
to compete/grow in the business world they needed something to use as a drawing
card and, unfortunately, Conecuh, up to this point, had nothing. With this purchase businesses have the
opportunity of a life time to move to Conecuh, establish themselves and set up
This property sits beside a railroad
track, has access to the Interstate within a few miles, ability to make it to a
port city and, to top it off, there is a fully modern airport readily
available. Sounds like an industrial
dream just waiting to come to life for some manufacturer waiting and watching
for a “good” deal.
Jeff knows this has just put a feather in
the cap of Conecuh. He told me he’s
already talking with different production companies about them moving
here. With that much land it’s open to
the imagination just how much industry can be fit into this otherwise unused
Not one to sit on his laurels, Jeff is
already talking to several different companies about our new found assets and
has actually had some travel here to look at the available resources.
While speaking to Jeff he told me he was
attempting to recruit quality companies with quality pay. Can you imagine Conecuh County with a
production business that, without argument, starts employees at a salary above
See if you can visualize this, Hwy. 29
(the Owassa Road) is suddenly transformed to a 4 lane road to accommodate the
added volume of workers traffic and to handle the steady stream of big trucks
moving a product produced locally to distributors around the world. What would that do to improve our lot in
Everyone seems to think Conecuh has a glut
of money due to the oil wells here. Well
wake up from your dream. Published on a
wall in the commission meeting room you will see the most current oil
figures. After looking at them follow
those figures back to earlier dates. You’ll
notice how that bottom line number drops, drops and drops on a regular
trend. One should be able to pick up on
the fact that our big time oil money is becoming a thing of the past. It’s not gone but it’s certainly different
from what it started out to be.
This oil money put Conecuh in a position
whereby Conecuh could pretty much write its own ticket and purchase almost
anything it wanted or needed. This money
is what has been used to keep our roads in as good a shape as they are. I constantly hear residents complaining about
“their” road. Well, if we don’t get
something in here to supplement that oil money there’s gonna be a lot more road
condition complaints start up.
Praise where praise is due. Thank you Mr. Taylor for your outstanding efforts
on the behalf of Conecuh County. This
may well be the catalyst that fires us up on our way to becoming another
viable, beautiful, wonderful place to work and live.