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Ag Authority contracts with Volkert as construction manager

By Bernie Delinski May 2, 2020

FLORENCE — The Lauderdale County Agricultural Authority Approved a contract Friday with Birmingham construction firm Volkert Inc. to be construction manager for the Lauderdale County Agricultural and Events Center.




Board, architect delve into 'details' of $45M ag center project

By Bernie Delinski Nov 20, 2019

FLORENCE — The architect charged with creating the final plans for the Lauderdale County Agricultural Event Center spent hours Monday discussing the smallest of details for the $45 million project.

Charlie Smith said Tuesday he plans to present final drawings to the Lauderdale County Agriculture Authority in about a month.



Study: Ag center would generate $31M annually for economy

By Bernie Delinski and Lisa Singleton-Rickman Oct 23, 2019

FLORENCE — The proposed Lauderdale County Agricultural Event Center would generate $31 million for the economy annually and provide 269 jobs.

Those numbers, produced from an economic impact study on the proposed facility, do not include the 544 jobs provided by construction.

Members of the Lauderdale County Agriculture Authority shared findings Tuesday of two studies: the economic impact analysis and a feasibility analysis, both conducted by the firm Conventions Sports and Leisure International.

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Ag center economic study due in 1 month

By Bernie Delinski Sep 10, 2018

Officials overseeing development of the proposed Lauderdale County Agricultural Event Center said they hope to have results from an economic impact study in about a month.



With Ag Center land purchased, clearing set to start

By Bernie Delinski Apr 1, 2019

Land may start getting cleared as early as this week for the proposed Lauderdale County Agricultural Event Center.

Agriculture Authority members said the completion of land purchased March 22 for the site off Florence Boulevard should mean things will begin progressing at a good rate. Still, they said it is too early to estimate a completion date for the project because much work remains before construction starts.



Ag Authority approves 85-acre purchase

By Bernie Delinski Mar 16, 2019

FLORENCE — The Agriculture Authority formally approved a resolution Friday for the purchase of some 85 acres as part of the proposed Lauderdale County Agricultural Event Center.

The authority called the short meeting for the sole purpose of the approval after the bank handling the $3 million loan for the property indicated the resolution would be needed to complete the loan, said state Sen. Tim Melson, R-Florence, who chaired the meeting.

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