It’s a $63 million project that’s supposed to create hundreds of jobs for the Imperial Valley.
Nestled in the east corridor near the east Calexico Port of Entry will be a new prison housing 781 beds.
Leaders have broken ground.
"We’re building it basically, speculatively right now anticipating the need by the federal government or by the Department of Corrections of California," Vice President of Marketing of Management & Training Corp. Mike Murphy said.
A much needed facility because of the over crowding prisons in the state.
"The project will employ approximately 250 people. It’ll be a project that will bring a lot of economic development to the city of Holtville and this local area of Imperial County," Murphy said.
It’s also going to encourage more jobs for construction.
Imperial County has been the leader in green energy projects. With this project, they’re not going to discriminate against what type it is as long as it generates jobs.
"We’re going to see a lot of activity out here plus in addition to that we’re looking at 150 full time correctional jobs so it’s really exciting to see this," Imperial County Board of Supervisors Chair Ray Castillo said.
While a prison may have some negative association, the County is looking forward to the evidence of positive economic growth.
"Prisons and correctional facilities have become economic development projects. This project will employ a lot of people and a very, very attractive pay rate," Murphy said.
The project is scheduled to be completed a year from now.