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Montgomery/Robertson County Industrial Megasite

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An industrial megasite proposed for portions of both Montgomery and Robertson counties could someday mean more than 8,100 new, direct jobs for the area, on an investment potentially exceeding $1.5 billion.

Mike Evans, executive director of the Clarksville-Montgomery County Industrial Development Board, updated Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett and county commissioners in their latest monthly informal session on progress toward procuring a "Middle Tennessee megasite."

The way Evans characterized it, a major industry for the roughly 1,800 acres — possibly an automotive assembly plant — could far exceed the total employment and investments of other recent big industrial hits in the Clarksville area such as Hankook Tire, LG Electronics and Google.

We, the people of Montgomery County, petition the Industrial Development Board as well as the county government not to purchase or re-zone land for a business park in northeastern Montgomery County.

A business park would destroy the peaceful, quiet community which brought citizens to that rural area; create significant traffic congestion; destroy farmland; negatively impact the bicycle trails in the area (including the Century 100); create noise and pollution; cause residential taxes to increase; cause safety issues as vehicle traffic attempts to share the roads with farming equipment such as combines, tobacco trailers, tractors, etc.; harm nature such as deer, dove, quail and turkey which are hunted as a food source in the community; and destroy the beauty of the area.

We encourage the county government, county commissioners, Industrial Development Board, and Regional Planning Commission to abandon any plan to buy or re-zone the land for a business park.

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