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Old 07-03-2008, 03:36 PM
 
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Bowling Green's Corvette Assembly Plant is about to add two more lines to the two they are already making there (Corvette and Cadillac XLR). Expansion will occur in the next two years.
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Old 07-03-2008, 04:19 PM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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I agree with you. Basically, any area east of I-75, as well as certain very rural counties along the Cumberland, Western Kentucky and Pennyrile Parkways would be better places to build such facilities. The highway infrastructure is already in place and the cost of doing business is substantially less.
I was thinking more about the London/ Corbin area which is relatively flat. It offers a very low cost of living/ labor with great transportation routes - this is why it is growing so fast in the first place
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Old 07-05-2008, 02:07 AM
 
Location: central Kentucky
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If you really think that there are no automotive industry supplier plants east of the I75 corridor, then you have a good deal of serious research ahead of you. I've spent much of the last 13 years of my life working with and/or for several outfits in the TMMK/TMMI supply chain, quite a few of whose plants are located in eastern or east central Kentucky. If I really wanted to be a persnickety, um, individual, then I could simply point out that the TMMK facility itself is located east of I75-but that would constitute 'looking for trouble'-something yours truly never does.
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Old 07-07-2008, 10:46 PM
 
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Part of the problem is that KY is trying to sell sites in areas that already have a high average income and a strong UAW presence (greater Louisville). The areas where the new factories are going (Tupelo MS, Montgomery AL) have median incomes that aren't even 1/3 of the incomes in the Triangle.

I think a factory in London/ Corbin/ Middlesboro makes more sense because the labor cost are so much cheaper than in the Triangle.
The VW plant in that article is proposed for the Huntsville metro not Tupelo or Montgomery. The median income in the Huntsville metro is higher than that of Louisville or Lexington. It looks like there is a high probability that the VW plant will locate in Huntsville, it has come down to Huntsville and Chattanooga and rumors are that Huntsville is the choice. Although the income level in Huntsville is high, there is also a very high percentage of highly educated engineers and management professionals yet you still have a large, relatively cheap labor pool in many of the more rural surrounding communities. Additionally, the state of Alabama is very pro business in just about every way imaginable: right to work, low taxes, cheap commercial property, low energy costs...

Also, where did you get this number that Tupelo and Montgomery have a median income 1/3 that of the Triangle?

Here are the median household incomes:
Huntsville 41,074
Tupelo 38,401
Montgomery 35,627
Louisville 39,457
Lexington 39,813

Montgomery and Tupelo are lower, but 1/3 of the Triangle????? If you are going to use stats to bolster your arguments, at least make an attempt to be accurate.

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Old 07-07-2008, 11:03 PM
 
Location: Near L.A.
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Although the income level in Huntsville is high, there is also a very high percentage of highly educated engineers and management professionals yet you still have a large, relatively cheap labor pool in many of the more rural surrounding communities.

Additionally, the state of Alabama is very pro business in just about every way imaginable: right to work, low taxes, cheap commercial property, low energy costs...
Huntsville can pull off what the have not just b/c of Alabama's economic development incentives and ambitions, but also:
(1) Metro Huntsville has a lot of land, much like Kentucky's metros, and can therefore expand easily;
(2) It is not a high-growth, high-demand, and popular destination for yankee relocatees. It's growing at just a steady pace, so they don't have an oversaturated, overtaxed housing market about to experience a bubble burst.

Kentucky does have cheap commercial property and lower energy costs. However, the right-to-work and taxation issues hold us back. Especially the right-to-work! Of course, as long as FDR-minded rural Democrats run the show in Frankfort nothing will change.
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Old 07-07-2008, 11:23 PM
 
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Huntsville can pull off what the have not just b/c of Alabama's economic development incentives and ambitions, but also:
(1) Metro Huntsville has a lot of land, much like Kentucky's metros, and can therefore expand easily;
(2) It is not a high-growth, high-demand, and popular destination for yankee relocatees. It's growing at just a steady pace, so they don't have an oversaturated, overtaxed housing market about to experience a bubble burst.

Kentucky does have cheap commercial property and lower energy costs. However, the right-to-work and taxation issues hold us back. Especially the right-to-work! Of course, as long as FDR-minded rural Democrats run the show in Frankfort nothing will change.
Addressing 2: Huntsville is growing at quite a good pace. Maybe not on par with the level of growth places like Charlotte or Phoenix have seen, but the metro is growing quickly. And yes, we have LOTS of "yankee" and California transplants here. If you are an engineer or scientist and are looking for a lower cost of living, Huntsville is eventually going to pop up on your radar. Huntsville/Madison County is very much an area full of transplants including myself and just about everyone I know.
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Old 07-08-2008, 02:59 AM
 
Location: Harlan, Kentucky
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there is alot of good flat land available in alot of areas east of I 75.
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Old 07-08-2008, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Near L.A.
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Addressing 2: Huntsville is growing at quite a good pace. Maybe not on par with the level of growth places like Charlotte or Phoenix have seen, but the metro is growing quickly. And yes, we have LOTS of "yankee" and California transplants here. If you are an engineer or scientist and are looking for a lower cost of living, Huntsville is eventually going to pop up on your radar. Huntsville/Madison County is very much an area full of transplants including myself and just about everyone I know.
Well, Huntsville is growing faster than the rest of Alabama, that's for sure. It is growing faster than the likes of Lexington and Cincinnati. But when compared to "boom" towns like Charlotte, Houston, and Atlanta, then Huntsville is just growing at a moderate rate.

See what I'm sayin'?
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Old 07-09-2008, 07:01 AM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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[quote=jcm1986;4326872]I agree with you. Basically, any area east of I-75, as well as certain very rural counties along the Cumberland, Western Kentucky and Pennyrile Parkways would be better places to build such facilities. The highway infrastructure is already in place and the cost of doing business is substantially less.

Western Ky. would be better, actually, b/c the land is not nearly as hilly or mountainous, meaning it would cost tens of millions of dollars less to build a mini-city b/c of land removal as it would in eastern Ky.



We have an old family cemetery that is barely visible from the on ramp onto I-24 from U.S. 41. Landowner told me last year all the land on the left side of I-24 from exit 86 (Ft. Campbell exit) down to the next exit was where they tried to get the Toyota (I think it was Toyota) plant that went to Huntsville. I remember that Hopkinsville was running a close second. This land is still under option in case there is another industry looking around.
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Old 07-09-2008, 09:51 AM
 
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Well, Huntsville is growing faster than the rest of Alabama, that's for sure. It is growing faster than the likes of Lexington and Cincinnati. But when compared to "boom" towns like Charlotte, Houston, and Atlanta, then Huntsville is just growing at a moderate rate.

See what I'm sayin'?
Thanks for repeating what I said, it makes much more sense to me now.
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