207-acre Business Center
The new city-owned industrial site, which was purchased in 2008, sits adjacent to the other industrial center in Gallatin that is about 90% full. Both phases are designated Foreign Trade Zones.
Only two lots totaling 20 acres remain in the original industrial center. “Both of those kind of disqualify us from a lot of the companies that are looking,” James Fenton, executive director of the Gallatin Economic Development Agency said. “We hadn’t had a real solid prospect visit all year until we got this open, and now they’re coming in and looking.”
Selling the second phase of the industrial center was Fenton’s first major task when he became director of the agency in 2012. The opening of the new section of the road has changed the way business prospects view the site, he said.
“This new road is a step forward in economic growth for the city of Gallatin,” said Gallatin Mayor Jo Ann Graves. “If somebody wants to come we are ready.”
Gallatin Industrial Center named a Select Tennessee Certified Site
The program, launched in June 2012, identifies shovel-ready sites that are ready for investment and expansion. The program acknowledges that companies looking to expand or relocate their operations often eliminate less prepared sites and addresses this issue by ensuring sites meet a specific standard. Among the qualifications needed to become certified, a site must have at least 20 acres that can be developed, proper zoning in place to allow for ease of development, all utilities at the site or a formal plan to extend to the site and truck quality road access.