A new business park in Middlesboro could not only help future employees but students as well.
Ken Herrell is going back to school to learn how to make architectural drawings on the computer. He's excited to hear about what's happening just across the street from where he's attending classes at southeast community and technical college in Middlesboro.
"I'm glad to see this area is starting to bring more businesses, new jobs." say Herrell.
About 150 jobs that's what members of the Bell County Industrial foundation say a new technology and training park could bring. They're now building the foundation to attract about three companies to move to town.
"Bell County has everything to offer a potential employer," says Ken Jones of the Bell County Industrial Foundation. "We just have to make it happen."
"To be able to get with a company close by," says Herrell. "That would be a boon to what we already have now."
Herrell is from Middlesboro and says when he finishes classes . . he may have to move to Atlanta to find a good paying drafting job. But he'd rather stay close to home.
Future businesses in the park are expected to not only partner with the college for training and co-ops but give people like Herrell a chance to do the work he loves to do and not have to leave home to do it.
The groundwork for the new business park is expected to be complete by spring. The Bell County Industrial Foundation is working to attract potential employers to the park.