The Point shows way to success

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 15, 2012

The successes keep coming for The Point industrial park, yet other economic development officials still seem to overlook this clear blueprint for progress.

More than nine acres of property was transferred last week, paving the way for the relocation of a national logistics company in the park. All signs point toward that company being FedEx.

Although officials won’t confirm this, the development company that purchased the land is one of the leading national developers for for FedEx and none of their other clients seem to match the profile of the company that is on its way.

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If it is FedEx, the exact specifics of what the the shipping company would build remains to be seen.

This comes on the heels of announcements for the location of Intermountain Electronics, a Utah-based company, and several others in the past year.

Dr. Bill Dingus and the Lawrence Economic Development Corp. have certainly figured out a formula for success for growing the more than 400 acre industrial park. That concept seems to center on building solid infrastructure, identifying diverse funding options, strong preparation and an overall promotion of the park’s strengths.

Although The Point is certainly unique in Lawrence County, and even the entire Tri-State, there are other locations that could benefit from a similar approach. These include the South Ironton Industrial Park and the former Ironton Iron property.

Efforts have been made to find tenants but with little success.

It is positive when development happens in The Point and it benefits entire region. This latest company brings more than 100 jobs. What may be even more beneficial is if other leaders follow this blueprint for success and cultivate other small development projects across the county.

That truly point toward a bright future.