Aldermen discuss future annexation

POCAHONTASPocahontas City Council aldermen discussed at length during Tuesday night’s regular monthly council meeting the possibility of future annexation to increase population and attract more industry.

Local realtor Joe Difani, of Archer Realty, addressed the Council regarding the need, as well as the advantages, of an annexation of the Pocahontas city limits, which would expand out to encompass more of Randolph County. Difani said he believes it is greatly needed.

“It will actually give us a population count that is very much needed for bringing industry here,” said Difani. “And we have a couple of other (real estate) agents that are on the Council and I know they deal with the same issue that I deal with. We’re not big enough to attract the folks that we really need.”

Difani noted that it’s not easy bringing in new industry to Pocahontas because most prospects have limitations. He said that site selectors have a list they go by and 99 percent of it deals with population. Giving an example, he said they had a company come in about two months ago who was looking to build in Pocahontas. He noted they realized some of the local industry growth with Peco coming in and Harps, etc. He said one company is wanting to buy 40-80 acres to build a subdivision and another is looking to build a shopping center, and asking for six to 10 acres.




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