Inola, and Rogers County, has done everything in their power to prepare for a possible 1.5 million square-foot development in Inola City Limits.
Michael Martin, of the Rogers County Industrial Development Authority, said numerous organizations and individuals have gotten involved to ensure the town is ready for a development of this magnitude.
Martin said there is a 1,100 -acre piece of property owned by PSO of which 800-acres is considered developable.
Of that, an un-named company is buying 241-acres.
“Their plan is a 1.5 million square-foot footprint of a building,” Martin said. “And this represents a $360 million construction project.”
Martin said Oklahoma Department of Transportation has expressed their intent to invest in a road repair project leading into the property, with a partnership with Rogers County.
He said significant waterline, gas line and railroad projects are also being reviewed for the next two years.
In anticipation of the development, Martin said the town has created a Tax Incentive District.
Several of the entities involved pitched in to hire Mid America Planning LLC., to help dot the Is and cross the Ts and avoid commonly-made mistakes in preparing for a development of this size.
“We're looking at between 500 and 800 construction workers at any given time over the next two years,” he said.
These workers, he said, can provide a significant boost to the sales tax base in Inola, and the surrounding communities.
Additionally, he said, the interested company has said they will create 300 jobs initially with a boost of at least another 150 after five years of operations.
Of the eight or nine organizations that have come together to pave the way for the development, Martin said, “There's no one entity taking the lead, everyone has come together…It's been wonderful to watch.”
He said he thinks the development will improve the quality of life in Inola, and in the county.
He's heard talk of two possible subdivisions as well as eateries and businesses along Highway 412.
“It's already started,” he said. “And it's not even a done deal yet.”