Gov. Ivey awards grant to create jobs, commerce in Thomasville

MONTGOMERY— A $150,000 grant awarded by Gov. Kay Ivey will help provide new commerce and jobs in the city of Thomasville.

The Community Development Block Grant will provide infrastructure necessary for Dozier Oil Co. to construct a travel plaza/truck stop on U.S. Highway 43 which runs through the city. The new business will employ 25 people and bring in additional sales-tax revenue for the city.

“This development along a major north-south corridor in west Alabama will help serve the fueling needs of traffic along the highway as well as several local businesses and industries,” Gov. Ivey said. “Job creation and creating new development opportunities, particularly in rural areas, will always be a focus of my administration, and I am pleased to provide these funds for this project in Thomasville.”

CDBG funds will be used to provide city water services to the business which will be located on a 6.5-acre site on the south part of Thomasville near the North Clarke Industrial Road. The city is providing $60,000 in local funds for the project.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“The city of Thomasville continues to make inroads in attracting new business and industry and providing new jobs for its residents,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “This project is one more step for the city to keep going forward, and ADECA is pleased to join Gov. Ivey with a role in this venture.”

Gov. Ivey notified Mayor Sheldon Day that the grant had been approved.

ADECA administers an array of programs supporting law enforcement and traffic safety, economic development, energy conservation, water resource management and recreation development.

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