How the DISC Project will advance innovative industries in Baldwin County

Posted by Tanner Jones on Nov 9, 2016 1:00:00 PM

As part of the recent economic growth in Baldwin County, we’ve seen a significant rise in the number of white-collar and headquarter-type projects interested in Baldwin County. In fact, along with the advanced manufacturing, aerospace, and warehousing/distribution industries, the white-collar/HQ sector has been one of the most active sectors for potential projects in the county. In order to better serve the growth of this sector and meet the needs of the companies seeking out a location in Baldwin County, the Daphne Industrial Board, Daphne Mayor Dane Haygood and various community leaders within Baldwin County have been at work developing the Daphne Innovation and Science Complex (DISC), an expansive white-collar office park, located in Daphne.

 

What is DISC? 

Renderings for DISC, which will be located at Alabama 181 and Champions Way in Daphne, were first revealed in April 2015 at a Daphne City Council work session. The first phase of the project will be the development of a 30-acre technology park offering 461,000 square feet of high quality office space. At completion, the park is expected to span 75 acres, create more than 100 jobs and garner $5 million in private investment. The project is also expected to produce $419,000 in annual property tax revenues for the county.

As the Eastern Shore’s first Class A office park, DISC will provide space for companies to put down roots or expand their office operations in Baldwin County. At its core, the project is aimed at promoting the growth of innovative industries and simultaneously advancing the local economy and creating knowledge-base job opportunities.

“It allows us to have high-wage, professional and technical jobs available on the Eastern Shore,” Mayor Haygood told AL.com. “That will be important toward our development over the next generation. It's about our young people and opportunities for them."

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Federal Grant Announcement

On September 22, Congressman Bradley Byrne announced the project has received a major federal grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration for $846,583. Grant monies will be applied toward infrastructure improvements needed to develop the office and technology park.

“I am pleased to see yet another federal grant being awarded to help boost economic development in Southwest Alabama,” said Byrne. “The DISC project is an important tool to help spur growth in the technology and science industry on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. I am committed to continuing to assist with this project as it moves forward.”

The completion of the DISC office park will spur the growth of innovative industries throughout the Eastern Shore and all of Baldwin County, as more and more companies discover the area’s strong workforce, low cost of living and doing business, and high quality of life. To learn more about other available properties in Baldwin County, visit our property database

 

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Topics: Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance, Innovative Industries, DISC