Officials give update on Holdrege industrial park
Officials are focusing on quality over quantity when it comes to the development of an industrial park in Holdrege.
The Phelps County Development Corporation has been working to attract companies to the Iron Horse Business and Industry Park, and officials say they're currently in talks with a few. Details about possible company deals won't be available until any contracts become official.
PCDC's Executive Director Ron Tillery said they're making progress on the park's development, working through the red tape to provide electricity and a sewer system to the area.
"The utility layout for sewer and water has been undergoing an engineering evaluation over the past year, and we expect that the utility construction should begin sometime within the next construction season," Tillery said.
Tillery also said that while the process moves along, they're making sure the land doesn't just sit idle.
He said PCDC has leases in place to generate money on the land.
"We negotiate that on an annual basis, but that provides revenue for our organization to help pay the taxes on that property and it ensures that the land continues to be productive while it is in the development process," Tillery said.
Tillery said the organization is working with neighboring property owners with any new developments on the land, and they plan to avoid industries that produce heavy pollution or odors.
With low unemployment in the area, Tillery said they are focusing on bringing in high-paying jobs rather than a high number of jobs.
The project has been in the works since before 2012, when the Phelps County Development Corporation acquired 134 acres of land from Christian Homes.