Verner and commissioners

Alan Verner, who recently retired as chairman of the Joint Development Authority, accepts an award for his nearly 25 years of service from County Commissioner Chairman Philipp von Hanstein and Commissioner Andy Ainslie on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

The Morgan County Board of Commissioners presented Alan Verner, long-time chairman of the Joint Development Authority, with an award for his service in overseeing the development of Stanton Springs Industrial Park.

“I just hope I was able to give back a little to this community that has given so much to me and my family,” said Verner to the county commissioners on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Alan Verner has been at the helm of the Joint Development Authority, the four-county board tasked with overseeing the development of Stanton Springs Industrial Park, since its conception nearly 25 years ago.

Over the course of two decades, Verner chaired the board that would transform the region — securing two historic multibillion dollar investments while bringing in lucrative high-tech and biopharmaceutical industries. The 1,600 acre site is currently the home of Takeda, a $1.2 billion biopharmaceutical company, a $14 million Bioscience Training Center and a new Facebook data center, the first phase of which is estimated to cost $750 million. Later phases could cost up to $42 billion over the next two decades.

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