FORSYTH COUNTY -- It appears local leaders are courting a new e-commerce company for Forsyth County.
This week, Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Economic Development Robert Long spoke to Forsyth County commissioners during a work session about a possible relocation of an e-commerce company to Bluegrass Lakes Parkway in south Forsyth.
“A project of this size and scope we do not see often in Forsyth County, so we’re pretty excited about it,” Long said. “This project is looking at one of our existing buildings; they’re looking at purchasing, as well as expanding that building.”
To help attract the company, commissioners unanimously approved moving forward with right of way abandonment for the unpaved and undeveloped portion of Jones Road. A possible tax abatement was also discussed.
A post office currently sits in the area, but Long said there are already plans for it to be moved.
Long said the project would carry a large price tag for the company and bring hundreds of jobs.
“The project is a pretty substantial development; it’s $50 million of real and personal property,” he said. “They are looking to purchase and not lease the facility, and they are looking to be a job producer with 342 jobs with an average compensation and wage benefits of about $40,000 and quite a few of those making over $78,000 a year.”
The company is looking to move across the country and is reportedly interested in Forsyth “because of the excellent school system, the excellent quality of life, and so-forth,” Long said.
“This is an e-commerce company looking to relocate out of the west coast,” he said. “In addition to kind of the traditional warehouse jobs or distribution jobs, this is an e-commerce company, so they’re going to have more technical skill divisions associated with the website, database development, marketing their product, and so forth, online.”
While many details of the plan were discussed, and the name of the company was not given in the meeting.
“We will, as with most economic development discussions, keep the specifics as far as the company to a minimum, just because a lot of times there is some sensitivity associated with that until they actually relocate,” County Attorney Ken Jarrard said prior to the discussion.
Long said the chances for attracting the company are good for Forsyth, but there are other locations being considered in metro-Atlanta and the southeast.