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Phase one underway for technology campus in Floyd County

County commissioners say they expect the project to bring 400 new STEM jobs to the area

FLOYD COUNTY, Ind. — A portion of Old Georgetown Road is shut down as phase one of the Novaparke Innovation and Technology Campus Project is in full swing. County commissioners say the winter months won't slow down progress.

"We're moving full steam ahead," said County Commissioner Shawn Carruthers. "Looking to get this project open sometime the end of next year."

The work underway is to turn a 60-acre site just off State Road 64 into a tech hub. 

Phase one of the project includes putting in basic infrastructures like roads, water, and sewer lines.

"We're closing the Old Georgetown Road," said Carruthers. "Going to bring a bridge across the railroad here at innovation park and kind of connect the two."

That's an effort to cut down on traffic issues caused by the railroad.

"Make it a lot safer for the community, and a lot safer for the new business park and the traffic that's going to be coming in and out of the business park," said Carruthers. 

The first phase of work is set to be done around April of next year. Then it's on to phase two which is bringing in an anchor tenant. 

"We're getting a lot of interest," said Carruthers, but he couldn't say who that tenant might be. 

"In the next few months here we should have everything wrapped up and be able to make that big announcement," he said.

In the meantime, leaders are ready to see progress move forward. 

"We're real excited about the economic boom that this park is going to cause for this region," said Carruthers. He says he's especially excited to see 400 new jobs created in the area. 

"I think it'll be great for the youth in this area," he said. "Kids that are graduating from our school system, they can stay right here in the community. It'll be a great place to work live and play right here in southern Indiana."

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