Augusta County says it has decided to invest in the future of the area with the building of an industrial park. While, most parks are owned and operated by an individual or group.
"Our goal of course is to bring better jobs to our community," said Augusta County Board Of Supervisor Tracy Pyles.
Pyles says the county has set aside 175 acres of land to build the Mill Place Commerce Park to help bring higher paying jobs to the area.
"What we hope to bring into this industrial park are first class companies who will employ our citizens and employ them at higher wages then they are now earning," said Pyles.
Pyles says the county will collect tax revenue from the park, but he says the bigger picture is what they are looking at.
"Really the focus is to see that there are good job opportunities for the citizens and our kids," said Pyles. "We find to many of our children leaving the community after they are out of high school or college for other jobs in Northern Virginia or Richmond."
At this time the county has 18 lots to sell and in negotiations with one client. Pyles says the county will offer new businesses a tax break of some sort and a little added bonus.
"We are here at the intersection of 64 and 81 and because of those two interstates we are in the rim of a large part of the nation," said Pyles.
County officials say they are looking for companies that will employee 50-200 people.