Word on the Street: Madera’s Freedom Industrial Park project honored with state award

The Madera County Economic Development Commission (MCEDC) and its partners in the Freedom Industrial Park project will be recognized with the Award of Excellence at the California Association of Local Economic Development (CALED) on April 28, the organization announced.

The MCEDC, city of Madera and Span Construction partnered to turn 98 acres of unimproved land near Pine Street and Pecan Avenue into 17 fully improved parcels that range from 3 to 20 acres in size. They were honored in the category of economic development partnerships.

Deerpoint Group purchased the first parcel and built the first building, which will provide 70 jobs, the MCEDC said.

When the public/private industrial park is completed, it will host 17 buildings, one million square feet of industrial space and up to 1,000 jobs, the MCEDC said.

The organizations beat out six other agencies for the top spot.

“A project like this doesn’t happen without an exceptional private sector partner,” Madera city administrator David Tooley said in a March news release. “Span brought performance and old fashioned integrity to every aspect of the Freedom Industrial Park Project. The importance of trust between public and private sector partners cannot be overemphasized.”

The three partners will be recognized at the CALED 36th Annual Conference on April 28 in San Francisco.

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