IVEDC hosts Detention Center groundbreaking

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IMPERIAL COUNTY – Wednesday, July 10, the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation hosted the groundbreaking of the Imperial Valley Gateway Facility West of Holtville.

The facility was specifically designed in partnership with the U.S. Marshall Service.

The first phase of the project will have 781 beds and can be expanded up to approximately 5,000.

Management & Training Corporation will manage the facility which has been 3 years in the making up to this point.

2The lead contractor is HMC California Contracting.

Other partners include Design, Development, and Engineering, the City of Holtville, and Imperial County.

The 65 acre site is located north of the Calexico east Port.

Eric Cohen, with HMC California Contracting, said, “We’ve already had 2 job fairs for this project. It’s just tremendous the response we have received and we appreciate the partnerships we have developed with local vendors. We’re excited and look forward to completing this project. The only way to get a project like this done is with cooperation and we’ve been welcomed with open arms.”

Local vendors will be utilized for the project that is to be finished July, 2014.

The number of high-paying jobs will number from 180 to 250 when the facility is opened.

“I want to thank these companies for having the confidence in our county to be able to do this project,” said John Renison, District #1 Imperial County Supervisor. “With all of the solar and renewable energy projects being built in our county, we need to diversify our economy. Unemployment has been reduced. With this new project, I feel Imperial County is on a roll in the positive.”