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Supervisors, EDA consider ways to attract business growth

Gloucester has a great deal to offer businesses considering opening shop here, several supervisors said following a joint work session June 23 between the county’s Board of Supervisors and the Economic Development Authority.

“We have places for some big box locations,” although Gloucester is not ideally situated to attract large manufacturing plants, said supervisor Phillip Bazzani, who is that board’s liaison to the EDA.

Gloucester should try to attract “low footprint, small industries,” said supervisor John Meyer Jr. One way to attract some businesses, he said, is to explore incubators, or buildings ready to welcome a company looking to make its move here. While having a business park in place is a positive step, supervisor Andy James said, Gloucester officials should also consider acquiring land to have ready for business development.

Interim County Administrator Sandy Wanner agreed, indicating he would like to see Gloucester expand its invento...

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