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ST. GEORGE — Last month Washington City annexed over 800 acres near the St. George Regional Airport with plans of creating a potential “mega site.”
According to the Economic Development Corporation of Utah, “mega sites are large-acreage land sites that have been extensively researched and pre-qualified to house large corporate relocation or expansion projects of 1,000-plus jobs and $1 billion in capital investment.”
Matt Loo, Washington City economic development director, told the Washington City Council during its April 24 meeting that he sees the 840-acre parcel becoming something similar to St. George’s Fort Pierce Industrial Park. Other possibilities are being considered as well that would bring a different or new type of industry to the area, he said.
“Right now we’re thinking about doing something with automotive testing,” Loo said, adding that this could include the building of an automotive test track that could also be used by local police agencies for training.
Following the closure of the former St. George Municipal Airport, the St. George Police Department was able to use the old airport runways for training related to vehicle pursuit and maneuvers. This came to an end in January 2016 when construction started on Dixie Technical College.