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The Grand Opening of the Caterpillar manufacturing facility is an exciting day for everyone at Williams & Associates. We were involved in the project from the very beginning, having been called in to provide site analysis and preliminary engineering for the 250-acre site that straddles the Clarke and Oconee County line.
The Clarke-Oconee site was a dark horse in the race to win the Caterpillar contract because it was a late entry and had to play catch-up, compared to the other sites being considered. In fact, around the Athens engineering office of Williams & Associates, we call this the “0 to 800,000 Square Feet in 14 Months” story.
Below is a transcription of a talk that Williams & Associates President, Jon Williams, recently gave on the behind-the-scenes drama involved in winning the contract for the Caterpillar site and also lessons other communities seeking economic development can draw from the Athens story.
Enjoy – and let us know if you would like Jon to speak to your group about economic development and site planning issues.