Barren County Progress
Glasgow, KY. –August 31,2020
Less than one week after officially closing on the new industrial park property, the Barren County Economic Authority, Governor Andy Beshear and Transportation Cabinet Secretary Jim Gray announced a Road Access Grant in the amount of $500,000 to help spur the development.
The $500,000 grant will be used to create easy and safe access into the South Cooper Industrial Park off of 68/80. The project includes road widening, turning lanes and an entrance into the park.
“We are ecstatic with the announcement from the KYTC office today and we are very grateful for the Industrial Access Road program funds for our new industrial park,” said Maureen Carpenter, Executive Director of the Barren County Economic Authority. “This funding is crucial for access into the park and will support efforts for up to five new industrial sites for targeted business location and expansion projects, estimated to create up to 500 new jobs when fully developed.”
“On behalf of the Barren County Fiscal Court and residents of Barren County I would like to express our gratitude for the support provided by Governor Beshear and Secretary Gray for the funding of the new access road for the South Cooper Industrial Park”. said Barren County Judge Executive Micheal Hale “The development of the new industrial park will bring much needed job opportunities for our residents, the receipt of these funds will for sure help us to expedite the development.”
The new industrial park property is located just 3.3 miles from the Cumberland Parkway and 10 minutes from I-65. Its central location being within a day’s drive to 60 plus percent of the US population and manufacturing facilities, makes this location appealing for many different sectors such as advanced manufacturing, distribution and logistics.
“Creating jobs and improving our infrastructure is of utmost importance,” said City of Glasgow Mayor Harold Armstrong.
“The new industrial will bring new business to the area, which is great news for our community. I’m pleased the Department of Transportation is providing this grant, and I look forward to the development of the South Cooper Industrial Park.”
With primary due diligence complete, a master plan for the park is underway and the Authority will begin infrastructure development.
For more information about the Barren County Economic Authority call 270-651-6314 or visit: www.barrencoea.com.