Elba officials looking at financial incentives to lure business to the city

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ELBA, Ala. (WDHN) — Elba Mayor Tom Maddox and the city council discussed rolling out the red carpet for new businesses and industries.

Local leaders are looking at offering recruiting incentives to set up shop in that Western Coffee County Municipality.

Nearly one year ago, Governor Ivey issued a stay at home order for most businesses at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But thanks to creative marketing and social media options, one business owner says she’s once again seeing sales thrive.

“Some people see competition as a bad thing, I see it bringing more people in,” Moms and Kids owner, Dinah Coppage said. “The more restaurants you have, the more people are apt to stay in town to eat and in town to shop. We’re just excited with any growth the city can see.”

Mayor Maddox would like the city council to consider an incentive in attracting new and existing businesses to the municipality.

“Someone who is making an investment in our community, but in helping them get established,” Maddox said. “To show an interest in them and offer some incentive to make them want to come and establish and get people to show interest in them and help establish a business here.”

Maddox is looking at a possible blanket proposal that would allow him to be able to offer incentives to lure businesses to Elba.

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