OPINION: Momentum has started for future good things

Published 11:50 am Friday, August 21, 2020

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By JOYANNA LOVE/ Managing Editor

I recently had the opportunity to sit in on a presentation of the master plan for the Interstate 65, Exit 212.

It was exciting to see drawings of what could potentially come to the area in the next 20 years.

Soon after I found out about the Alabama Farm Center at Alfa Centennial Park I was talking to some friends from out of state about it. They made the comment that it made sense because it built on things that were already in the county.

I agreed.

Chilton County has a great agriculture focus already from the peach orchards and berry patches to its successful FFA teams and research center.

The Alabama Farm Center builds on this foundation of focus and the plan continues to integrate it. While much of the plan does outline potential area and plans for commercial areas to provide shopping (and sales tax revenue) opportunities for those who visit the Farm Center, housing and recreation for current and future residents is also included. Some ideas including a linear park and an equestrian area.

Plans look nice when they are laid out and drawn in 3D, but they take the right people with the right determination, commitment and drive to make them happen. I think with ALFA and community leaders and the Industrial Development Authority, Chilton County has the right people to keep momentum for these project goings.

The Alabama Department of Transportation, which would be responsible for any improvements to the interstate, is already in discussion about the Exit 212. The importance of the Alabama Farm Center and what it means for this county, Central Alabama and the State.