By CALVIN PYNN
WYTHEVILLE – Over the past two decades, Wythe County has invested over $40 million in the development of Progress Park.
Since then, that investment has managed to bring back 750 jobs, as well as millions of dollars in additional tax revenue, said Wythe County spokesman Jeremy Farley. In response to those results, Wythe leaders will begin marketing the county’s premier industrial site in-house in an effort to remain proactive in the constantly changing business climate.
According to Farley, the idea was first proposed earlier this year, prior to the retirement of longtime Joint Industrial Development Authority (JIDA) director, Dr. Alan Hawthorne. Wythe County Administrator Cellell Dalton wrote Hawthorne in regard to the proposal in March.
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