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Dyersburg misses out on food-processing site

Sunday, July 8, 2012

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The Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce is reporting that Dyersburg was not selected as a finalist for a large food-processing site looking to bring its 700-job operation to the area. According to Chamber President/CEO Allen Hester the state of Tennessee's Department of Economic and Community Develop-ment contacted the area's economic team in mid-April and asked it to submit information for the project, which was code-named Project Arthur.

According to Hester, Dyersburg was one of 15 sites being looked at after the organization started with 70 sites across eight states. Dyersburg was the only site being considered for the project in Tennessee. The company visited the area in mid-May and toured the 100-acre site in Dyersburg Industrial Park. Hester says that the city made a strong showing and impressed the group with all the improvements that had been made to the park including the funding of a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Adminis-tration to construct water towers in that area.

Although the project looked promising, the organization changed the nature and scope of the project after their visit to Dyersburg. The addition of a large distribution center to the project no longer made Dyersburg a viable candidate for two reasons: the Dyersburg Industrial Park was not large enough to accommodate the addition and the size of the labor market in the area in comparison to other large markets was a concern.

"Of course, we are all disappointed," said Hester, in a statement to the State Gazette. "But I am confident that we gave this project our very best team effort."

Hester said that the community and the chamber received high praise for likability and preparedness and the organization said it would consider Dyersburg in future projects.

Despite the disappointing setback there is cause for optimism as the latest Department of Labor figures show Dyer County posting a 10.4 percent unemployment rate as of June 2012, which is a significant decrease from the 12.2 percent posted to start January 2012.

Hester went on to comment that there are several other projects that the chamber is currently working on including two projects code-named Legends and Leaders and Incentis, which the area is a finalist for. The Project Legends and Leaders is described as a food-processing operation that will bring 300 new jobs to the community, while the Project Incentis is described as a food-distribution operation that will bring 200 new jobs to the area. The chamber expects to receive word on those prospects later on this year. In addition, Hester says that the chamber just submitted information this past week on a new project.

"The team is always busy with serious efforts to recruit, retain and grow our industrial base."


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It's so sad to set back and watch a town just slowly die. I don't know if it is the lack of leadership within the community or what. But just look at a town that is only one hour and half drive from here which has about the same population of Dyersburg. Poplar Bluff Mo. which has a population of just over 17,000 people has much more to offer to its community. Look at the Restaurants they have. Godfather's Pizza, Colton's steak house, Steak-n-Shake and Buffalo Wild Wings. This is just a few of many. They also have a wonderful coliseum which is state-of-the-art 115,000 square foot multi-purpose facility houses concerts, bull riding, cage fights, family shows, trade shows, conferences, banquets, and an endless variety of events. They also have a very nice water park that has numerous things to do. What is it we have:? A community center that is way beyond it years and needs replacing. The Fair Association had planned to build a complex between the two buildings at the fair grounds to house events. You can see that wasn't finished and never will be. Three outdated pools that needed replacing years ago. This is probably one of the reasons no factories will come into Dyersburg.

-- Posted by Lonelyheart on Sun, Jul 8, 2012, at 4:16 PM

Popular Bluff is a great example. However, look at their property tax rate for the city, almost twice that of Dyersburg.

It seems that no one wants to rasie taxes to make Dyersburg a better place to live.

-- Posted by ukwildcats on Sun, Jul 8, 2012, at 4:56 PM

What's the actual unemployment number for Dyer County when you factor in those who've been dropped from the rolls, the underemployed, and those who packed up and moved away????

-- Posted by Wayward on Sun, Jul 8, 2012, at 11:50 PM

Stop blowing money around the square and put that money to better use. What do people have here to do on the weekends. Lets see the movies(not)prices are too high and the heat inside the building is too high(cooler on the outside). Skating for kids(like 12 and under really). Bowling is outdated but kids can park at walmart in circle and have sex and do drugs right under people noses. Sounds like alot to offer people. NOT

-- Posted by jc in dyersburg on Mon, Jul 9, 2012, at 6:50 AM

the tearing away of the streets in downtown has done a lot of businesses to lose money; the farmers market has such a limited time line for our farmers to actually use that it's worthless. seems like everything our 'leaders' do is half-baked.

-- Posted by closerlook on Mon, Jul 9, 2012, at 10:34 AM

When your team coach continues to loose games, you fire them!

Send Hester packing before it is too late. Remember the rest come election time.

-- Posted by sheepdog on Mon, Jul 9, 2012, at 2:30 PM

CLOSERLOOK...I see you have been working hard on solving all our problems. Brilliant, you're absolutely brilliant! You deserve the chocolate pie award...I bet they're lining up to bake one for you.

-- Posted by metrist on Mon, Jul 9, 2012, at 4:43 PM

I don't know whether to laugh or cry when I read this.

Each 'camper' was presented with a neckerchief and a camp nametag to be used throughout the day. The program was hosted by First Citizens National Bank in the Lipford Room of the bank's downtown branch.

A welcome and opening ceremonies started the day, followed by campfire songs, "Kumbaya -- a Collaborative Discussion" about the similarities and differences of programs throughout the region and "Golden Nuggets - Reinvestment Statistics" on the importance of job creation in downtown.

At noon, campers broke for a lunch prepared by Blackberry Hill Catering before participating in a "trailblazing" walking tour of Dyersburg's Historic Downtown District.

On the walking tour, Main Street leaders were requested to complete a creative exercise. Armed with only a rolled-up sheet of paper, a clipboard, blank drawing paper and a Sharpie, each Main Street representative was asked to 'spy' details from the square and draw only that detail on the paper provided.

Bridgette Massongill, a consultant working with Tennessee Main Street through Massongill Consultants in Chattanooga, focuses on a detail high above the Dyersburg Courthouse Square.

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"It is amazing to see what each of you see," said Nyberg, who said skill as an artist was not needed for the exercise. "The point here is not to create a beautiful sketch, but to pay attention to a detail and to really appreciate it. This is an assignment you can take to your design team. You can draw pictures or you can take photos."

-- Posted by you have to know it on Mon, Jul 9, 2012, at 6:14 PM

Maybe they were looking for jobs to create in the sidewalk.

-- Posted by you have to know it on Mon, Jul 9, 2012, at 6:18 PM

WELL, DUH....JUST WHO DO WE BLAME THIS ON? Not the citizens. Blame it on the city officials. They would rather let the officials take trips and such rather than get some WORK FOR THE PEOPLE HERE!!!!!!!!!!!! WE NEED TO CLEAN OUT THE CITY OFFICIALS WITH PEOPLE WHO REALLY CARE ABOUT GETTING JOBS HERE AND NOT SITTING ON THEIR BUTTS.

But who am I ??? Just another average citizen.

-- Posted by Belle123 on Tue, Jul 10, 2012, at 2:34 AM

All you people complaining about downtown have no clue.

Industries do not want to come to a community who does not care about the HEART of their town.

Popular Bluff has been very successfull in the last few years, but check out what they have done, or are doing to their downtown by clicking on this link. http://downtownpoplarbluff.org/

Jackson tn too has been successfull, but look what they did 5 years ago to their downtown.

The problem is in Dyersburg, most of you want a handout for free, or are not willing to pay to make this community a better place to live.

Then when the local elected officials try, you just want to sit behind your keyboards and complain.

You get what you pay for or or you reap what you plant.

At least some in this community care enough not to let you complainers stop them, and continue to march forward to try and revive this town.

-- Posted by ukwildcats on Tue, Jul 10, 2012, at 2:53 AM

ukwildcats, You did not read it....It said what downtown Poplar Bluff can be. You are right about Industries not wanting to come in because not taking care of the heart of town. That needed to be redone years and years ago. But it is like everything else around here. A day late and a dollar short. In this case you proabaly need to say years late and millions short.

-- Posted by Lonelyheart on Tue, Jul 10, 2012, at 5:39 AM


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