COTTONWOOD, AL (WSFA) – History was made in Houston County Tuesday.
After a year of construction phase one of the entertainment resort Country Crossing is now officially open to the public.
A host of guests including stars like George Jones and Randy Owen were on hand for the kick off in Cottonwood.
"I'm proud to be a part of this project that is expected in five years to employ over six thousand Alabamians," says Randy Owen.
Developer Ronnie Gilley said in the two years since he announced the project he's faced many road blocks.
"It's not just a historical day in Houston County, in my opinion it's a historical day for the state of Alabama in its entirety. What we bring here is what we've been saying since day one, is an equitable distribution of opportunity throughout the southeast region of Alabama," says Gilley.
The biggest challenge facing the project was electronic bingo however county officials say the machines and the facility met the letter of the law.
"We're not going to allow, or cut any corners, or let anything go on down there that we did not believe in our opinions met the letter of the law," says Mark Culver, chairman of the Houston County Commission.
Also during the ceremony Randy Owen of the country music group Alabama announced he'll be opening a family entertainment center in phase two of the project.