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December 10, 2013

BOCC to consider catalyst site regulations

Live Oak —

The Suwannee County Board of County Commissioners directed County Administrator Randy Harris at a recent meeting to create a proposal of minimum requirements for businesses wishing to locate at the catalyst site. The catalyst site is situated in Northwest Suwannee County and will be home to Klausner Lumber One, LLC. 

For the remaining lots owned by the county, Harris asked the board if the board should move forward with adopting a minimum set of requirements for the catalyst site.

“This is not a foreign concept,” Harris said.

Harris said its typical for grants to come with thresholds, such as minimum salaries for employees or a minimum number of employees the company can have. 

By establishing minimum requirements, Harris said it will also help to filter companies seeking to locate at the catalyst site. 

Harris told the board there is currently a company looking at the catalyst site. This proposed company, a distribution facility, would need a lot of space. However, only 15-20 jobs are estimated to be created. 

“We need to look at job creation,” Harris said.

The board directed Harris to put together a proposal of minimum requirements with several options for the board to consider. 

“We hope to have a working document before the board within 30 days,” Harris said.

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