Business base of the pyramid for Brookhaven’s marketing strategy
Printed 11:33 am Monday, January 16, 2023
BROOKHAVEN — Business leads the way in which in Brookhaven with $245 Million spent or quickly to be invested in 4 industrial park initiatives. Garrick Combs, Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce Govt Director, mentioned it is among the greatest financial investments in Brookhaven for the reason that Walmart Distribution Heart was introduced about 40 years in the past.
Walmart Distribution, AITX, Brookhaven Pellets and Southwest Cooperative Electrical are all engaged on initiatives within the industrial park. Combs mentioned they anticipate Southwest to interrupt floor on their district workplace mission quickly.
“It’s nice for our group. Our state’s technique has been to spend money on major jobs by working laborious to recruit, courtroom and construct industrial parks,” he mentioned. “They’re meant to assist retail, housing and banking. It’s the basis of our group and we will construct new homes. Individuals can get on the market and begin their very own enterprise. Business is how the pyramid is constructed.”
Brookhaven’s Metropolis Clerk’s workplace reported 60 new companies obtained licenses this previous yr with 715 enterprise licenses issued or renewed. Enterprise numbers can develop by the addition of extra industrial vegetation and metal mills. Industrial jobs assist small companies in Brookhaven, Combs mentioned.
Brookhaven’s two industrial parks are key to the town’s long run complete plan revealed in 2009. By 2030, the town hopes the commercial development on the parks will assist assist quite a lot of companies from retail to providers.
The chamber’s mission this yr is to construct on the bottom of consumers and market the brand new companies to folks. Brookhaven’s Chamber of Commerce is ready to give recommendation to companies seeking to come to Brookhaven.
One purpose the chamber has in 2023 is to seek out the suitable match for his or her spec constructing at Linbrook Industrial Park. Keystone Electrical bought the final spec constructing in 2020 and the Chamber constructed a brand new one to seek out one other enterprise a house. Linbrook’s spec constructing has 50,000 sq. toes with the potential to increase to 150,000 sq. toes.
“We need to promote the constructing to somebody who will present the employment and funding to the group we’re in search of,” Combs mentioned. “When you might have an out there constructing there are extra alternatives to seek out somebody. It won’t at all times work out however the extra traces you might have within the water the higher.”
He mentioned as soon as they discover a appropriate purchaser they’ll check out what they need to do subsequent. Linbrook has 400 acres in case an industrial firm wished to construct from the bottom up. Cooperative Electrical gives energy on the park and Agracel helps search for new companies to return to Brookhaven whereas shaping the spec constructing into what the client wants. Combs mentioned they partnered with Agracel in 2015.
The chamber helps small companies by creating an even bigger pie. They drive folks to Brookhaven by programming and inspiring folks to return go to and store.
This previous yr was a wholesome yr with nationwide model names Rally’s, Huey Magoos and Tractor Provide saying plans to return to city. Combs mentioned it’s thrilling to see the companies opening in Brookhaven.
“Once you drive round, the brand new development arising on our industrial corridors may be very thrilling,” Combs mentioned. “We will proceed to assist numerous native companies. It’s distinctive that we will do this. I believe we’ve a great combination right here of native and nationwide companies. It’s a part of our allure.”
One of many issues he has been enthusiastic about is seeing the funding in downtown Brookhaven over the previous few years. The chamber was capable of return to pre-pandemic ranges of participation of their packages resembling Ladies Night time Out and Christmas Open home.
Individuals who opened a brand new enterprise in Brookhaven can be part of the Chamber of Commerce. They obtain entry to e mail site visitors, a possibility to community and join with fellow group members at ribbon cuttings and chamber occasions.
Lively members within the chamber may be nominated to function board members to assist form coverage and this system of labor the chamber performs.
Aldermen take motion
Brookhaven’s Board of Aldermen assembly in December noticed the passage of a brand new ordinance on pool tables in downtown Brookhaven. Alderman Jeff Henning mentioned the pool desk ordinance within the central enterprise district may permit eating places so as to add one thing to their eating expertise. Ordinances on marijuana, alcohol and liquor had been handed in 2022 loosening up restrictions within the city. Beer and liquor gross sales had been expanded to Sundays in eating places, beer may very well be offered at comfort and grocery shops on Sundays and the hours of liquor gross sales had been expanded to 10 p.m. Monday by Saturday.
Andre D. Spiller requested the board to create a beautification committee for the city in December. His movement was handed and now the aldermen are within the means of assembly with enterprise house owners and Brookhaven residents to type the brand new committee.
He mentioned the intention of the committee is to enhance the entrances to Brookhaven and enhance something across the city which must look higher. Locations just like the cemeteries and different spots needing to be maintained can be their focus.
“It’s to assist the property worth of properties and companies and enhance the general look of the city,” Spiller mentioned. “We simply must get some folks from the Wards and companies to get the committee going.”