Public Hearing Set to Discuss Incentives for Future Highway 78 Development

Words by JennyLynn Davis | Image by Al Blanton

The City of Jasper will hold a public hearing on April 4 to discuss economic incentives for a new development on Highway 78.

During a Jasper City Council Meeting earlier in March, Mayor David O’Mary shared that the Atlanta-based developer constructing the property near the intersection of Viking Drive and Highway 78 (formerly home to Crump Nissan) is anticipating three multinational brands to occupy the space.

The new development is expected to significantly boost the local economy and create employment opportunities for residents. However, to secure business, the city may need to offer economic incentives to developers.

The purpose of the public hearing is to gather feedback and discuss possible incentives the city can offer, which could include tax breaks, subsidies, or other financial support that makes the development more attractive to potential businesses.

“It would be nice if we could get these types of developments without giving economic incentives, but if we didn’t offer the economic incentives, then we wouldn’t be competitive,” said O’Mary.

The public hearing will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 4, in the City Council Chambers at 400 West 19th Street in Jasper. WL