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Commonwealth Associates, Inc. has signed an Option Agreement with the City of Jackson to consider a parcel on the corner of Louis Glick Highway and Blackstone Street in Jackson for development of a new national headquarters for the engineering firm.

Commonwealth employs nearly three hundred professionals in the STEM field, who provide consulting, design, and support services to the electric power industry, industrial clients, government, and high-profile academic, research, and health care institutions across the United States and in Canada.  Robust investment in infrastructure combined with “Engineer of Choice” awards by several large national utilities have resulted in hiring growth that has exhausted existing office space.

“Commonwealth’s roots in Jackson date back to an innovative street lighting company started by the famed local Foote brothers in the 1880s,” said Commonwealth President, Dennis DeCosta, “so it is only fitting that we should continue both their innovative work and our commitment to this community as we expand to meet our workforce growth.  With the outstanding on-going work of the City, the Anchor Initiative, and the Enterprise Group to revitalize Downtown Jackson, the time is right.” 

“Commonwealth Associates’ decision to build new headquarters in the core of downtown Jackson will help the Anchor Initiative’s efforts to build density and vibrancy in our urban core. We are excited and proud of their commitment to this community and their employees,” says Mindy Bradish-Orta, Anchor Initiative President.

Jackson City Manager Patrick Burtch commented: “The prospect of a corporation like Commonwealth moving into Jackson and bringing with it some 150 highly qualified professionals into the City’s urban core in its first phase is more than welcome news.  Infrastructure and business development growth in Jackson’s downtown begets more growth for the community as a whole, and we at the City couldn’t be happier to help a project such as this come to pass.  The City has worked diligently with administrators and stakeholders at Commonwealth, as well as the Anchor Initiative, and we’re pleased the project looks to be mutually beneficial for all of us.”