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HISTORY

June, 2000

North Graves County Kentucky site identified by Lockwood Greene a national consulting firm and they recommend that the site be developed into a world class site to provide jobs for workers in the West Kentucky region.

November, 2000

Florence Hutcheson, Inc. performs Phase I Engineering Study including infrastructure, environmental, geology and hydrogeology, property issues, hazardous waste, archeological and transportation. June, 2001All eight counties of the Jackson Purchase sign an Interlocal Agreement; creating a 501(c)(3)  corporation Purchase Area Regional Industrial Authority, Inc. (PRP) and each of the counties appoint a board member to this new organization. The Agreement includes revenue sharing among the eight counties.

September, 2001

A formal request for $10,000,000.00 is presented to the Kentucky General Assembly Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue. The primary focus for the initial start-up of the park will be engineering and environmental with major emphasis on land acquisition.

January, 2002

Paducah Area Reuse Organization gives PRP a grant of $250,000.00 to be used for payments to landowners for three year options to purchase. With the assistance of Senator Mitch McConnell, Senator Jim Bunning, Congressman Ed Whitfield and Governor Paul Patton, PRP receives a $1,020,000.00 grant from the US Department of Energy and in 2003 PRP received a $1,000,000.00 grant from the Delta Regional Authority and a $510,000.00 grant from the state of Kentucky.

March, 2003

The Kentucky General Assembly passes legislation for $5,000,000.00 bond on behalf of PRP.

September, 2003

PRP completes options to purchase for 2500 acres of land.

October, 2003

Lockwood Greene and BFW Engineers completes the Master Plan for the park and presents to PRP, legislators and local officials.

December, 2003

PRP receives the Kentucky Department of Local Government First Place Award for Best Economic Development Project for 2003.

January, 2004

PRP was featured in an article about megasites in the Site Selection magazine.

March, 2004

Governor of Kentucky places $2,225,000.00 into the state budget for purchasing land for the Regional Industrial Park.

2006

Received commitment of $2,500,000.00 from the state of Kentucky; money to be used to finalize purchase of land for the park.

January, 2007

Metropolis, Illinois joins the PRP Marketing Committee in an effort to show that broad regional support for the regional industrial park.

January, 2008

PRP hires interim manager to direct park management and in March 2008, names a president and CEO to manage marketing and administration of the regional industrial park.

November, 2008

PRP completed a Wetland Delineation Assessment for the 2200 acres in our industrial park. 5H Technology has submitted on our behalf a report to the Corp of Engineers for the permitting phase. Once a permit is granted we will begin working on a mitigation plan for the 23 acres through stream mitigation, in-stream enhancement, channel restoration or creation of a riparian buffer.

November, 2008

PRP and PREDF boards met with TVA representatives who gave a presentation to 52 officials from city, county, state, federal, education and regional organizations. The program was an overview of a study that TVA did for PRP and included workforce, education attainment, growth trends and business indicators for a nine county area including Metropolis, Illinois. TVA will share this information with McCallum Sweeney Consulting to be included in the Mega-Site certification Program.

December, 2008

PRP and all of the regional economic development organizations met with McCallum Sweeney Consulting representatives for an Alignment Meeting to review site criteria requirements for a Mega-Site Certification Program. One of the fastest growing trends in the site location business is the demand for "project-ready" industrial sites therefore PRP needs to be prepared to market our site with a wealth of site-related information and data on our regional communities. We have included each of the counties in the region and the City of Metropolis in our Mega-Site evaluation by McCallum Sweeney Consulting.

March, 2009

On March 31, 2009 McCallum Sweeny Consulting put their stamp of approval on our site as a certified Megasite. PRP is one of two (2) certified sites in Kentucky and the only existing Megasite that is 100% owned by a public authority. Since 2004, eight (8) sites have been named "Megasite" and there are only three (3) remaining. With the designation came detailed analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the PRP by McCallum Sweeny – a company that knows a thing or two about large-scale economic development projects. Their advice is helping to guide our infrastructure development and marketing efforts. Although not a guarantee for a site location, Mega Site Certification carries with it a weight and respect in the industry that major companies understand. We are proud of having accomplished a level of attainment that shows PRP is a quality industrial park site.

August, 2009

BFW Engineers and 5H Technology complete engineering and wetland studies for PRP stating "the industrial park site is Shovel Ready"

March, 2011

Upon completion of TIP Strategies work to increase visibility and make the park's name more recognizable in the advent of a national marketing campaign, Purchase Regional Industrial Park is renamed to West Kentucky Megasite.

November, 2012

Global Location Strategies recommends that the Regional Park Board of Directors begin infrastructure design for the West Kentucky Megasite North Tract. This will eliminate six months or more from the timeline for a client to begin construction.