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Crawford County Economic Development Success: Spec Building Sale

In the community’s 2006 Comprehensive Plan, the Crawford County Industrial Park was identified as a specific character area, with goals of attracting appropriate businesses and maintaining high occupancy rates. More recently, the 2012-2016 Short-Term Work Program called for a new speculative building to be constructed with the intention of attracting prospective industries to the county.
The county lacks some of the amenities of larger communities and has such focused on a business-friendly approach to economic development, complete with availability of sites and buildings for new industrial development. The county was able to start site prep and construction on the new building in 2014. In 2016, construction was completed and the building was quickly leased, originally to DOW Chemicals, but then to the Olin Corporation following an acquisition. This success at attracting a new employer represents preplanned efforts of Crawford County and its local partners to stimulate the local economy. The industrial park has become so successful that the county has run out of every large site available and is now looking to procure new land for an additional industrial park.


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