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Albany industrial park picks up certification

ALBANY, Ga. -- Local economic development officials have picked up what they hope will be another tool they can use to market one of the area's industrial parks to potential employers.

The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission announced Wednesday that Pecan Grove Industrial Park had been designated by the Georgia Allies -- a public, private cooperative meant to help economic development marketing efforts -- as a Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD) certified industrial park.

The certification distinguishes industrial sites that have infrastructure and conservation hurdles cleared, making it easier for industry to move in faster and more seamlessly, EDC President Ted Clem said.

"It's another great marketing tool for economic developers," Clem said in a statement to The Herald. "The certification process assures prospects that Albany-Dougherty County is serious about economic development and dedicated to making that process smoother, easier and faster."

Pecan Grove is a 292-acre industrial park on Newton Road across from the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport.

To be GRAD certified, the park had to have rail access, both operational and planned utilities including water, wastewater, electricity and natural gas; wetlands and stream delineation, a topographic survey, geotechnical investigations as well as a phase 1 environmental assessment.