MDA Meets to Discuss Options for Promoting Former Military Property

Saturday, March 11, 2017


Members of the McClellan Development Authority met this morning with government and business leaders to discuss the possibility of abolishing their agency and turning its work over to a different group. Thanks for joining us. I’m Vanessa Croft. MDA President Phil Webb says he and others from his board have been meeting in recent weeks with officials from the chamber of commerce, the city of Anniston, and the county’s economic development agency to look at other options for promoting the former military property. Webb says the discussion was started by Calhoun County License Commissioner Barry Robertson, who also serves as chairman of the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce. Robertson says this discussion has been going on informally among local leaders for about a year. Robertson says the tone of all of the meetings so far has been positive, and that the officials he has spoken with are in agreement that the development of McClellan is the number one priority for Calhoun County. After Robertson addressed the MDA board, a motion was made to dissolve the agency and turn its work over to another group. No one on the board seconded that motion, so Robertson says no official action has yet been taken on his proposed changes. The MDA was created by the state Legislature in 2010 and charged with the economic development of McClellan, which was closed by the Army in 1999. Five of its members are appointed by the Anniston City Council, five by the County Commission, and one member is appointed by the governor. Webb says members of the county’s legislative delegation have been involved in talk of restructuring the MDA, and they have promised to help pass any laws that might be needed to make the change.


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