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Tallassee mayor hopes expansion will spark economic growth

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By Mark Bullock - bio | email

There's a major economic shift underway in Tallassee.

As we enter 2009, WSFA 12 News is taking a closer look at what the future holds for cities throughout central Alabama. For Tallassee, it's the transition of a sleepy mill town into a modern city.  

Just two months after his election, Tallassee Mayor George McCain has big plans for his small city.

"I have a vision of what I can see Tallassee being," he explained.

The Elmore county town is already home to major industries like GKN Aerospace and Neptune Technology Group -- the world's largest water meter manufacturer.

"Those companies are providing a lot of jobs," the mayor said. "We're hoping we can get those people who work in those jobs to live in Tallassee and shop here, which will increase our sales tax revenues."

To do that, the mayor says he's looking to expand the city limits of Tallassee by annexing new land.

"That is the key to the start of the chain of events to get the retail in, to keep people here, to get people to want to move here and to get new industry here," he explained.

The mayor also hopes to add to the quality of life with a new recreation multiplex. And he has already created an urban revitalization committee, which is focusing its efforts on Tallassee's historic downtown.

McCain says he hopes to improve the city's infrastructure and boost tax revenue, allowing for even more improvements.

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