Published 9:13 pm Wednesday, June 11, 2003
Positive signs appear on Brewton's economic front
Brewton is about to become a showcase, of sorts, once again.
This Thursday and Friday, members of the Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) program will be in town to meet with business and civic leaders about Brewton's participation in ACE.
Brewton is one of eight cities to be invited into this pilot program. A network of economic development professionals from around the state will work with each city to develop a comprehensive strategic plan designed to create new business, and as a result, new jobs.
This week's visit is an important one, as the ACE team members will not only meet with our local team, but will see first hand what our community brings to the table. Every facet of a community is scrutinized when it comes to economic development, including infrastructure, education, retail and industrial development, healthcare and quality of life. By a stroke of good timing before the visit, on Tuesday local company Econec held a press conference to announce plans that include renovating a vacant building for a new business that will employ 175 people with an annual payroll of approximately $1 million.
Brewton has been recognized as one of this nation's top 100 small towns in the past and this newest recognition seems to put us in the top eight in Alabama.