Positive Economic News for Foley

Positive Economic News for Foley

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FOLEY, Alabama -

With it's manicured downtown, Foley might remind you of another place. "kinda Mayberry-ish and we like it that way,"

Economic barometers indicate a lot of other people are liking it too according to Mayor John Koniar. "Our sales tax revenue are up almost 5 percent above last year and last year was a great year for us so we're very optimistic. We're seeing a lot of traffic a lot of people kicking the tires."

Some of those folks are even staying. "We have a lot of folks that say hey I visited the area for years I really like the area I'm interested in information. We want to move here," says Ladonna Hinesley.

"Housing starts are up, not where they used to be but very encouraged that we're going to see a lot of single family developments and multi family too," adds the mayor.

The mayor will tell you it's the people of Foley that is attracting all that growth but it maybe something else that's fueling that growth and it hasn't even been built yet.

Southeast of downtown Foley, construction of temporary offices on property expected to house the Blue Collar Country complex continues.

Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engval, Larry the Cable Guy and Tony Orlando are expected to make the official announcement next month.

The complex is not a theme park. It is being called an entertainment destination and it will house restaurants, hotels, retail shops, theaters and amusement park rides among other attractions.

"We think in the next 18 months we are going to see a lot going on in that regard. Most of it's on the QT. We don't talk about it but we're very encouraged there," says Koniar.

The hold up on announcing the entertainment complex is co-coordinating schedules with not only the celebrities involved but the governors office. He wants to be there when the announcement is made.

The Blue Collar complex will be the first of six similar developments planned throughout the country.

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