I've looked at all of the posts in this thread carefully and I didn't see any mention of expanding the current industrial park. The County did however take out a temporary option on some land abutting it which suggests that it may have done so for a specific potential new business, as press reports have speculated. It being a temporary thing, the option could expire without being exercised if its intended purpose, whatever that may be, doesn't pan out. If it does however, and that the County's taking the option turns out to be a part of the reason the new enterprise decided to locate here, then bully for them.
Personally I'd be more upset if the County was not being proactive in trying to lure new business to expand the tax base.
Looking at the area along 301 and Commerce Drive in Dahlgren, there is underway already some new significant commercial construction going on, and the new graduate school will certainly be a help!
Having said that however sort of misses the point because as I mentioned above,the County's economy and tax base needs to have more diversification than just a reliance upon Dahlgren. There are 9,600 total jobs in KG, and almost two-thirds are directly related to the military both inside and outside the gate.
The industrial park - which by the way at only 120 acres isn't exactly Texas-sized - is intended to be a step toward diversification.
Edited by MachBuster (01/31/08 12:22 AM)