October 2012

A top priority for our town to continue its commercial viability and quality of life is to reign in the traffic congestion we currently face and will continue to face. Our Unified Traffic Improvement Plan is in Phase I with construction along Columbia Ave, W. Butler St and W. Main St., which will help relieve congestion along this very busy corridor. The Town is taking measures to be proactive in minimizing distributions during construction to our citizens and business community by having work done during the overnight hours.

I, along with Council and staff have worked tirelessly with SCDOT to bring this project to fruition. SCDOT actively acquired right-of-way in preparation of utility lines being relocated to expand the three major intersections. Roadway expansion and improvements are imperative to help our town continue its economic viability.

The Town of Lexington is continuing to make strides with economic development, with the relocation and annexation of Avtec Inc. The advanced manufacturing communications technology company will invest more than $6.1 million and is expected to generate 25 new jobs, in excess of $1 million in payroll, to be spent locally. The new 46,000 square-foot Class A office building will be located near South Lake Drive and Glassmaster Blvd, in a new technology based park, a rarity for a municipality.

The Town of Lexington is honored to be the new home for Avtec. They hold an esteemed presence in our community and provide quality products to industry services such as airlines, railway, utilities and government. We look forward to Avtec expanding their customer base as a result of their new state-of-the-art location. Congrats to Mike Bradham and staff! Please give them a warm welcome as they prepare to be the newest business in Lexington.

Along with Avtec, there is 35 additional acres in the technology based park, which we hope to expand with two additional companies, creating a full-fledged industry corridor within the Town of Lexington. The possibility of establishing a business and technology center in our town is just another reason why the Town of Lexington is "good stuff" for our citizens, residents and businesses alike!