"MCEDC progresses on making industrial park certified site" by: Mike Reddell

   Work is progressing on making Bay City Industrial Park a certified site for industrial customers.
   That project and discussions on tax abatement education, Bay City Rail District and Nile Valley Road were part of the 
   Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) regular meeting Friday, May 31.
   MCEDC is making the seven-acre park off Texas 60 an example for other properties to become potential industrial sites.
   First, the MCEDC board authorized Executive Director Mike Ferdinand to clear the brushy site.
   A certified site reduces an industrial property buyers’ risk because they’ll know what was done at the site.
   That means determining archaeological and species presences, or perhaps wetlands.
   Then the decision is made whether to mitigate those issues, Ferdinand explained, or leave it as is.
   MCEDC board members earlier decided to make the industrial park a certified site to offer potential customers more options to consider in the county.
   Presently, only the Port of Bay City and the Port of Palacios are the county’s only two certified sites.

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