“I think we’re going to see some response to it,” said Heflin City Clerk Shane Smith.
The board, which was formed to develop the city’s 212-acre industrial park, has been working on creating the website since May. It hired Decatur-based Red Sage Communications on July 8 to design and build the website. In December, the board made the final edits on the site.
“It’s fantastic,” said Tanya Maloney, board member and executive director of the Cleburne County Chamber of Commerce.
The new site, http://cityofheflinidb.org, includes demographic and community information about Heflin and Cleburne County, maps, available properties and tax incentives.
Maloney suggested the new website also could be the beginning of a marketing campaign including promotional packets to hand out to developers and representatives of other economic development agencies.The board has already gathered the information for the website. All it needs to do is organize it on paper, she said.
“The only way we’re going to get anything is to get out there and market ourselves,” Maloney said.
Smith said the city might like to partner with the board on creating the packets so that it also could have some of the material to distribute.
But Maloney said she wanted the materials to focus on economic development throughout the county, not just in Heflin. Board Chairman Jerry Cash, though, said the handouts could promote not just economic development but also the city of Heflin, the Cleburne County Chamber of Commerce and the Heflin Industrial Development Board.
“It would promote what we are,” Cash said.
Heflin Mayor Rudy Rooks said at the meeting that he thought the money would be well spent on the materials.
The board members voted unanimously to allocate $1,000 to the project and to partner with the city with the understanding that it would also provide $1,000 to create the packets.
In other business the board:
-- Heard from Cash that the new fencing and gate at the entrance of the Heflin Industrial Park off Alabama 46 are finished. The board spent a total of $22,376 on improving the road and the entrance into the park. The money came from a $25,000 donation from the Cleburne County Commission. The board discussed using the remaining $2,264 toward recovering the sign in the park.
-- Voted unanimously to change its name to the City of Heflin Industrial and Economic Development Board. The new name, Cash said, would better fit the board’s expanded mission to bring business of all kinds to the community.
Staff writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.