MONTGOMERY— Gov. Kay Ivey has announced a $750,000 grant to bring 170 new jobs to Limestone County while enhancing travel in north Alabama.
The grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to the city of Athens will provide infrastructure necessary for a Buc-ee’s Travel Center that will be built off Interstate 65 at the Browns Ferry Road exit. The Athens location will be built on a 25-acre site and include 120 gas pumps at the 53,000-square-foot complex. It is the third Buc-ee’s in Alabama for the Texas-based company.
“Because of their size, Buc-ee’s Travel Centers are as much a destination as they are a quick rest stop while traveling,” Gov. Ivey said. “I am certainly glad that Buc-ee’s has found Alabama to be a good fit with three locations soon to be open in the state, and we hope more to come because of their contributions to local economies. I am pleased that these Appalachian Regional Commission funds will help open the new location and create new jobs in Limestone County”
ARC funds will be used to supply sewer services to Buc-ee’s along with any future commerce along that exit of the interstate. The Buc-ee’s location is 5.3 miles from the Mazda-Toyota Manufacturing USA plant that is expected to hire more than 4,000 workers once in full production.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is the administrator for the ARC program in Alabama.
“North Alabama is to be commended for its upsurge in economic development, and Gov. Ivey and ADECA are proud to be a part of that process,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “Local leaders and so many others are to be commended for their hard work in making the area’s economic surge a reality.”
ADECA administers an array of programs supporting law enforcement and traffic safety, economic development, energy conservation, water resource management and recreation development.
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