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is brisk and versatile in Columbus and Lowndes County.
attracts shoppers who enjoy strolling sidewalks and walking into individual
stores, while mall activity is active, too. There are two major malls
in Columbus, Leigh Mall and University Mall, both on Hwy. 45, with many
others conveniently located throughout the city. A busy new shopping
area is Lehmberg Crossing (Hwy. 182), on the east side of town, while
other new shopping areas such as Jackson Square (Hwy. 45) enjoy popular
patronage, as well. Littlewoods Shopping Center (Wilkins-Wise Road),
The Shops at Brickerton (Military Road), Gateway Shopping Center (Hwy.
182), Kroger Plaza (Hwy. 45), Columbus Centre (Hwy. 45), all have a
nice selection of upscale shops.
Business Development Center
The Business Development Center is a Chamber project and it is doing
quite well. Shared services is the major offering of this business incubator
located on McCrary Road in east Columbus and cost efficiency is one
reason for its success. Start-up businesses, small business, or one-person
businesses can operate under one roof in a sheltered environment and
share resources, among them rent, receptionist, business library, shipping/receiving,
conference room, mail service, bulk loading and management consulting.
For more information, call 662.327.7796.
Columbus Lowndes Economic Development Association
Economic growth and development is the concern of most everyone in the
region, though seeing that it actually happens is the responsibility
of the Columbus Lowndes Economic Development Association, known as CLEDA.
What is so often forgotten by most everyone but CLEDA is that 85 percent
of economic growth comes from existing industries that expand, and luckily
for this region, many companies have expanded; at least a dozen or so
in the past year.
New development includes major investments announced by two power generating
plants, Calpine and Cogentrix, each of which represent major investments
and a considerable boost to the local economy; also a new electrical
storage facility, Regenysis.
CLEDA is the contact for property available at industrial parks and
other available sites, as well as a spec building ready for occupancy.
The Golden Triangle Industrial Park, located near the Golden Triangle
Regional Airport, offers 700 acres with utilities already in place.
Energy is supplied by TVA through 4-County EPA and a three-phase power
supply on site. Natural gas is provided by Mississippi Valley Gas, and
water comes from on-site deep wells, provided and maintained by Columbus
Light and Water, the municipal utility. Sanitary sewer service is also
on site and an industrial sewage treatment facility is available. Transportation
is provided by air, rail, highway, with the waterway 10 miles away.
Riverside Industrial Park is at the Lowndes County Port. Its an
intermodal facility that sits on 271 prime acres, and offers water and
rail transportation, with highway and air close by. For detailed information
on these and other parks and sites, call CLEDA at 662.328.8369 or 800.748.8882.