ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (WDBJ7) -- Mike Burnette is Franklin County's Director of Economic Development.
For nearly half a decade, he's been working to turn 500 acres of former dairy farm into Franklin County's future.
Now the park, which is located off Route 220 near Rocky Mount, is almost ready for its first tenants.
"Yeah they're already going through the building permit process," he said.
Burnette said those businesses, Stik-Pak solutions and Valley Star Credit Union, will officially break ground in June. They will then open their doors before the end of the year.
"That makes us feel good that we're on the right track," he said.
It comes in addition to the progress the county has made on the park's other amenities
"We're building our first access road for the recreation part of the park, first pavilion is being built, (and) we're already working on some recreational trails and athletic fields," he said.
Officials hope the business park will be even more attractive to prospective companies as a result of those quality-of-life improvements. It's a strategy Burnette teased is working Tuesday. He said more development announcements will be coming soon.
"We've got some more coming, so we're really excited about not only where we are but where we're going," he said.