By Kris Smith
On Tuesday morning in an exclusive, invitation only groundbreaking ceremony, Riot Blockchain takes the first steps into making their mark in Navarro County.
Tuesday morning’s festivities were attended by members of the Pursley community, as well as Corsicana Mayor Don Denbow, Corsicana City Manager Connie Standridge. Courtesy Photo
“This groundbreaking marks the next era of industrial development in Corsicana and Navarro County that promises to create new economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for the region,” said John Boswell Director of Economic Development for Corsicana and Navarro County. “The positive impact created by this project will be felt by our community for some time.”
“This groundbreaking marks a significant step forward in demonstrating Riot’s ongoing commitment to positively impacting the rural communities that we operate in,” said Chad Harris, Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer of Riot. “The development of the Corsicana Facility builds on the success of our 700-megawatt Rockdale Facility and when complete, will bring Riot’s market-leading position to a total of 1.7 GW of developed capacity. We look forward to strengthening existing relationships and building new, collaborative partnerships as we embark on constructing this new development.”
City of Corsicana Mayor Don Denbow stated, “The groundbreaking for the Riot project was well attended.
I believe that this project marks the beginning of the County’s ability to build the tax base and to
provide much-needed jobs for our citizens, and that the project will enhance the stability of the
electric grid as well as the City of Corsicana water utility. The topography of the site is such that the actual construction of the buildings will barely be seen from FM 709.”
In July 2022, Chad Harris made the public announcement of Riot Blockchain’s intention to bring this facility to Corsicana. Phase One construction should be completed in 2023, according to reports. The facility is projected to hire 300+ employees, with at least 75% being local residents.