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BCDA landing another tenant?
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The Bryan County Development Authority recently closed a deal with Blue Bell Ice Cream for a small distribution center to be located in the Interstate Center at the I-16 and Hwy. 280 corridor.

While BCDA is has not released specific details about the transaction with the ice cream company, BCDA Attorney Carol Miller said during the authority’s Nov. 24 meeting that the deal was closed.

"We just need a few final signatures," she said.

What’s more, another tenant may be on the way despite the gloomy economy, according to BCDA Chairman Sean Register,.

Register told Bryan County Commissioners Tuesday that the Interstate Center is in the final running for another facility that would bring approximately 250 additional jobs to the area.

"The interested company wants to keep things confidential at the moment because they have not yet made a final decision, but their Board met Wednesday to see where they’re going to end up and what direction they plan for their expansion. Interstate Center is one of the final locations being considered," he said.

With the Dicon and Daniel Defense buildings under construction, an economic foundation laid among Atlanta realty group TPA, the Development Authority and Bryan County on the 600,000 square foot spec building going up in IC Phase II, and broken ground on the Oracal expansion, officials say the economic future of the park looks promising.

BCDA Vice-Chairman Ted Akins said everyone is welcome to come out and see the park.

"A lot of people don’t know what’s in [the park] and what we’re doing. We are searching for new clients every day. Our main goal is to bring new jobs and taxes to town," Akins said last week.

Rick Gardner, 5th District commissioner representative attended the BCDA called Dec. 1 meeting and spoke of how proud he is of the efforts that the authority has put forward with the recent TPA economic agreement.

"Without passing the costs off on the public, you are making an investment in the future. It will bring positive cash flow and tax relief to the area," Gardner said.

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