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BY PAT HUNTER

Usually, I receive LCEDA meeting notices, draft agendas, and minutes by email but not this time; not even after a 2nd and 3rd request. But on my way back from the bid opening, I decided to drop by the LCEDA office and take my chance as board members and staff sat in a dimly lit conference room. At Thursday's (Oct. 27) Loudon County Economic Development Agency (EDA) meeting, the board barely managed a quorum, nonetheless Project Tango was discussed towards the end of the meeting. Present at the board meeting: Treasurer Charlie Bettis who presided over the meeting in the absence of the Chair, and board members Loudon City/LUB Manager Lynn Mills, Loudon City Manager Judy Keller, Lenoir City Administrator Dale Hurst, Lenoir City attorney Harvey Sproul, and Bruce Giles First Utilities District (FUD) general manager, LCEDA President Pat Phillips, Assistant Director Kathy Knight, and me; no local paper.    

LCEDA President Pat Phillips informed the board that he and staff were currently working on three or four projects including Project Tango. Phillips said that it would be coming before the Loudon City Regional Planning Commission for site approval on Wednesday (Nov. 1).  Project Tango would also come before Loudon County Commission on Monday Nov. 7 for State FastTrack Infrastructure (industrial) Grant Resolution.

We�re trying to gear up and be competitive with that project commented Phillips.  This is still preliminary it doesn�t mean that we have the project at all, we�re just trying to position ourselves to be competitive and to get it fast if we're selected Phillips added. Is there no way to assess what that might be asked board member Harvey Sproul? We�re pretty much �short-listed�; the question is how many projects they will do across the country replied Phillips. Everything seems to be moving well reported Phillips. How many jobs asked board member Bruce Giles; somewhere between 325-400 full-time jobs and about 300 to 400 seasonal jobs replied Pat Phillips.  

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Loudon City Mayor Judy Kellar commented something about, I think you did a great job of getting the county and city together get those called meetings and get everything approved.  

There is so much behind the scenes that is not made public commented LUB City Manager/LUB Manager Lynn Mills.  There�s a lot of ground work and they do a good job.

Assistant EDA Director Kathy Knight added to the discussion. I am going with them and we will be there together. Talk about cooperation, (Loudon City Codes Enforcement) Rondel Branam�s son was getting married on Saturday and last Thursday the architects were in to go over some codes things, and he came in on his day off. He (Rondel) was on vacation and he met with us commented Knight. That�s how everyone is working together shared Knight. 

In late August, Loudon County Commission and Loudon City Council approved a 10-year 50 percent tax break for Project Tango. Click related article  TOP SECRET - PROJECT TANGO

PROJECT TANGO has been identified by the press as Amazon, and Loudon County has been named as one of the communities in the running.

(NOTE: Excerpt from website... FastTrack Infrastructure Development Program (FIDP) funds may be used for infrastructure improvements. Funds may not be used for "speculative" projects, but are restricted to situations where there is a commitment by a private sector business to locate or expand in the state and to create or retain jobs for Tennesseans").

       

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10-30-2011