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Little Canoe Creek Designated Alabama AdvantageSite

The Etowah County Commission on Tuesday announced that the Little Canoe Creek megasite is now designated as an AdvantageSite.

The designation from the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama provides potential incoming industries with a guarantee that the site is ready for major industrial use. That includes a detailed inspection of everything that a large company would rely on, including utilities, rail and highway access, down to the geological soundness of the land for the construction of a major manufacturing site. Qualifications also include proof of acreage and aerial surveys.

Achieving the approval has been a lengthy process, with construction firm Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood performing more than 50 bores into the ground to test for soil stability and overall land quality on the 1,100-plus-acre site last March. By September, the commission started meetings with the EDPA about the designation.

Little Canoe Creek Designated as Advantage Megasite

GADSDEN, Ala. (WBMA) — The effort to attract a large employer to Etowah County continued Tuesday when the Etowah County Commission announced the Little Creek Canoe site was designated as an Advantage Megasite.

The announcement is the end of a decade-long effort to purchase the 1,100 acre property, survey the land, gather soil samples and lay down the power and internet lines that make it as ready as possible for a large business to purchase the site.

"This is a great day but it's not over yet," said county commissioner Larry Payne.

Now the wait begins. The site, located off I-59 in the southwest corner of the county, will become one of a handful of megasites the State of Alabama will be able to offer as potential landing spots for large employers.

Leaders in Etowah County watched earlier this year as Huntsville announced a Toyota-Mazda plant would be built at a similar megasite. While the initial reaction was perhaps disappointment, county commissioner Jeff Overstreet saw it as an opportunity.

"We weren't ready yet to do that but it equally was very encouraging to us because we realized at that point if we get something like that ready then we've got the potential to attract something like that here."