By: Robin Ford Wallace, Reporter
monthly meeting of the Dade Industrial Development Authority, the
organization’s newly hired man-on-the-ground, Peter Cervelli, kicked off his
tenure with plans for a promotional video to sell prospective businesses on
“It’s got to be
something we can be proud of to go around the world,” said Cervelli.
did similar industry-recruiting work for the city of Trenton as its Better Home
Town manager until the city commission eliminated his job last year, was hired
last month by the IDA to get its economic development push rolling. And though
Cervelli described himself as so far working out of his car and aided only by
his cell phone, he made it clear he had hit the ground running.
illustration, he showed the IDA board, which is chaired by Nathan Wooten, a
video produced by neighboring Walker County. “I think it’s right on in terms of
what they need,” he said.
appeared enthusiastic about the idea of a Dade video though they sniffed a
little at Walker’s efforts. Walker County is not the gateway to Atlanta,”
pointed out Wooten.
“They have a
lot to offer but they don’t have the freeway,” said member Dora Crisp.
even run railroads down there,” put in member Larry Case.
he was already in negotiation with a production company to highlight the
clearly superior attributes of Dade. “We’re talking in the order of $6,000,” he
The IDA is an
independent public/private board that treasurer John Bradford described as
financing its activities through the sale of property. Its chief purpose is to
bring jobs into the area.
another priority for the IDA right now is to gussy up the acreage it recently
bought to expand the county’s industrial park. Fences and barbed wire need to
be removed from the old farmland to make it accessible and attractive to
prospective tenants, he said.
“This is all
part of marketing. This is all part of infrastructure,” he said.
He said the
most requested sites were ones that already had structures on them, and that
the IDA should prearrange with a contractor to put up a building quickly should
the need arise.
he had a list of grants in hand to bring down the cost of relocating business
to Dade. “The goal here is to get the lowest price on the table so this is a
good place to come,” he said.
The IDA meets
at 3 p.m. on the third Friday of every month in the Commission Room of the Dade