New KIA Plant Already Impacting East Alabama Town

By Lindsey Connell - bio | e-mail

VALLEY, AL (WTVM) -  Valley officials also say they're already seeing an economic impact from the influx of folks coming to the area thanks to the new KIA plant that's getting ready to open in West Point, Georgia.

One thousand housing units were built in Valley to prepare for the population increase and town leaders say that's helping boost the local economy.

"We know that our apartments are filling up, that houses are selling and that we have new volunteers in the programs the city offers as well as new children in our recreation league. We're see the population increase right now and we're hoping retail will follow," said City Manager Tim Bryan.

Chambers County has the highest unemployment rate in the state of Alabama at twenty percent and Valley officials hope the presence of KIA will continue to help combat those numbers locally.

Valley is also getting some aid from the federal government.

It stands to receive more than $400,000 in economic stimulus funds.

The money will be used for the town's Rails to Trails project that will create an interconnected fitness and walking path.

City officials say construction would not have been possible without the grant.