Companies Considering Location in Grand Island

By: Erin Myers Email
By: Erin Myers Email

It's just cornfields now, but in a few months, it could be the new location for companies looking to build. Marlan Ferguson is the President of Grand Island Economic Development. He says Grand Island has a good shot with two different companies.

"We believe these 2 projects are pretty serious about looking at the potential we have for them here in our community," said Ferguson.

One potential site is located east of Highway 281 between Schimmer and Wildwood Drive. According to Planning Director Chad Nabity, the property is prime for other use.

"Right now it is agricultural ground priamarily. It is being farmed but it is owned by the Economic Development Corporation and they are looking at using it for industrial purposes. It is zoned heavy manufacuring so its appropriately zoned for most manufactuing uses."

Ferguson says there has been interest in the land before, but it was lacking basics like sewer and water main installation. Now that's going in - thanks to a half million dollars from the City of Grand Island, as well as a $1 million grant from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.

Sewer and water main installation should be complete in a few weeks. Ferguson says the ammenities have certainly put Grand Islands' Industrial Parks on the map.

"We feel like that was part of the reason the company came back and took another look at us. We told them that we could have the infrastructure in place... but if its not there, its not there. I think that was a very important thing for them to see that it actually is going in."

If one of the companies decides to build in Grand Island, Ferguson says it has the potential to create 200 to 400 new jobs. Buyer decisions are set to be made in early 2013.

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