Growing Alabama credit spurs $5.5 million in improvements at Baldwin mega site

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The Growing Alabama Tax Credit program allows for taxpayers who make contributions to economic development organizations for approved qualifying projects to receive a tax credit. The program is managed by the Alabama Department of Commerce and allows private companies and individuals to get a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for investing in preparation and infrastructure improvements to industrial sites.

Along with support by the Growing Alabama Commission and the Alabama Department of Commerce, the investment in this phase of the site’s infrastructure improvements is made possible by donations from Regions Bank and CSX Transportation.

“The South Alabama Mega Site had already re-defined the term ‘shovel ready’ with our existing site improvements, and this investment by our partners at CSX and Regions Bank puts us in an even better position to stand out among other mega sites in the Southeast,” said Lee Lawson, president and CEO of Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance.

“These improvements could potentially speed up development timelines by over a year, providing prospective companies with a speed to market that can’t be found anywhere else,” Lawson added.

The Growing Alabama Commission previously approved an additional $7 million in investment at the South Alabama Mega Site. Prior investments were used to develop a 200-acre building pad on-site and construct the on-site rail bed, which provides the base needed for the newest investment phase.

“This CSX Select Site is optimally located for CSX service as industries seek project space in Alabama’s booming economic market,” said Tom Tisa, head of business development for CSX. “This is another example of how CSX is leveraging public-private partnerships to grow our business and positively impact economies in the communities we serve.”

Christian White, Mobile market executive for Regions Bank, said he’s excited about development opportunities for the Mega Site.

“Regions Bank has been a major supporter and contributor of economic development opportunities across South Alabama for decades, and our support of the Baldwin County Mega Site is an extension of our priority to make life better in the communities we serve,” White said.

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