Gov. Ivey awards grant to help create RV store, service center and camping resort in Heflin

MONTGOMERY - Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded nearly $1 million to bring new commerce to the city of Heflin and create 130 jobs in northeast Alabama.

The $950,000 Community Development Block Grant awarded to Heflin will pave the way for Great American RV Superstores and a companion recreational vehicle resort. The development will be located on a 30-acre site in the Heflin Industrial Park.

"Travel and camping by recreational vehicle are flourishing, and Alabama, with its year-round moderate weather and scenic beauty, is a destination for RV travelers," Gov. Ivey said. "This latest venture in Heflin will provide a wonderful site for RV owners wishing to have their vehicles serviced, buy a new vehicle or just enjoy a wonderful campground. It will also create new job opportunities for the people of Heflin and the surrounding area."

CDBG funds will be used to provide public water and sewerage to the development which is being built off Alabama Highway 46 near Interstate 20.

Great American RV is expected to invest $18 to 20 million in the development and estimates the dealership could generate up to $100 million in sales each year. The RV resort will have 375 paved campsites and several cabins, as well as other amenities like hiking trails, a pool and splash pad, fenced dog park and a restaurant.

Two other Great American RV Superstores are located in north Alabama including Calera and Red Bay, which is the home of Tiffin Motorhomes Inc., a manufacturer.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs will administer the grant made possible through funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

"ADECA is happy to join Gov. Ivey and the city of Heflin in playing a role in this development which will benefit Heflin and northeast Alabama," ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said.

ADECA administers an array of programs supporting law enforcement and traffic safety, economic development, energy conservation, water resource management and recreation development.

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