A Joint Venture between the Columbia County Industrial Development Authority (CCIDA) and DRIVE announced today that all seven lots in the Columbia County Business Park have been sold. In 2007, CCIDA and the Columbia Alliance for Economic Growth began the project with the goal of bringing jobs to the county.
“Job creation is at the heart of our mission,” said Nancy Marr, chair of CCIDA and president of Marr Development. “Providing a location for businesses to grow and expand in Columbia County, and offering employment opportunities for residents is our goal.”
Members of the boards of DRIVE, CCIDA and the Columbia Alliance gathered on Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Fairfield Inn & Suites to celebrate and honor this accomplishment and the commitment to economic development in Columbia County.
DRIVE assumed the Joint Venture when the Columbia Alliance dissolved in 2018. “It became DRIVE’s responsibility to sell these parcels on behalf of the Joint Venture. We’ll continue to work with the property owners and market the Business Park until each lot is fully developed,” said Jennifer Wakeman, DRIVE’s Executive Director. “It is an ideal location for offices or light industrial space with its proximity to Interstate 80.”
Reaching this milestone in the Business Park’s growth is a moment worth celebrating, according to Vic Klein, chair of the Columbia Alliance. “There were definitely some speed bumps along the way and a lot of hours put in by countless people to bring this park to fruition. I’m just thrilled to see it reach this point with all the lots now sold.”
Ed Edwards, former Chamber president, was also President of the Columbia Alliance leading up to the construction of the Park. Responsibility during the construction phase transitioned to Fred Gaffney, current Chamber president, upon Edwards’ retirement in 2010.
Currently, the Business Park is home to Fairfield Inn & Suites and construction is underway on Larry Frace Inspection Services’ Northeast Training Institute (NETI), as well as the Forest & Field design center, part of Tri-County Lumber. Additional development is planned by Marr Development and Mariano Enterprises.
The 54-acre project in Scott Township was developed with assistance from the Economic Development Administration and Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development.