Rural counties buy land to attract companies, jobs
From The Tennessean, Jan. 2, 2013
By Josh Brown
David Hamilton drove down the gravel path splitting two vast grassy fields on the edge of Dickson County's industrial corridor.
Several years ago, Hamilton, the head of the local chamber of commerce, persuaded county officials to spend almost $1 million to level the wooded and hilly landscape just southeast of the town's main business district. But timing wasn't on their side.
As the rest of the country fell into the recession, many manufacturers eying the site tabled their plans for expansion or relocation, and the county-owned site sat vacant. Now, as the economy improves, the fields represent the county's best chance to attract manufacturers that will bring high-paying jobs to this community about a half-hour drive west of Nashville.
"We've seen a lot of upswing in project activity in the last six months - more activity than in the last six years," Hamilton said.
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