Community officials and business leaders were on hand Tuesday evening for the New Albany business park 10th anniversary celebration, which included a few teases of things to come.

Community officials and business leaders were on hand Tuesday evening for the New Albany business park 10th anniversary celebration, which included a few teases of things to come.

Discover and ETNA were the first companies to locate in the New Albany business park 10 years ago and New Albany hosted the anniversary celebration at Tween Headquarters on Walton Parkway.

"There is no better way to celebrate than coming to Tween Brands, which is one of the most successful companies in the country and is in New Albany," Mayor Nancy Ferguson told the crowd.

The business park has grown with New Albany; Ferguson said the village had 1,000 residents "at best" when $16-million was invested in infrastructure for the business park. Since its birth, the business park has attracted companies such as Abercrombie and Fitch and more recently Commercial Vehicle Group, AEP and the Daimler Water's Edge project.

"People are learning New Albany is a great place to grow a business," Ferguson said.

While New Albany invested a significant amount of money to start the business park, it has paid off. Ferguson said the business park supports 80 percent of the public services offered to New Albany's 6,000-plus population.

The 2,000-acre business park also has brought 2.8-million square feet of office space and more than $48-million in revenue to the village and school district. It also brings 8,500 employees to the village each day.

The New Albany Company owned much of the land the business park sits on and was called its "greatest promoter" by Ferguson.

New Albany Company president Bill Ebbing told the crowd that collaboration between the village, township and school district helped in the development of the business park. He also hinted at more development to come.

"We have a few other nameless friends waiting in the wings and I hope we can announce them soon," Ebbing said.

Village administrator Joe Stefanov also talked about the future, focusing on the new fiber optic network, streamlined planning process and redundant power system that will help New Albany attract more businesses.

"We're preparing for the future," he said.