Six industrial sites earn new certification

January 6th, 2010

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Six industrial sites earn new certification

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Wednesday, 06 January 2010 12:51

Six industrial sites in northeast Indiana are the first certified "site ready" under a new program created by the Northeast Indiana Foundation and Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.

The sites to receive certification were revealed at a press conference Wednesday. They are:

  • Fawn River Crossing in LaGrange County;
  • North Ridge Industrial Park in Noble County;
  • Markle Industrial Park in Huntington County;
  • Decatur Industrial Park and Monroe Business Park in Adams County; and
  • Bluffton/Decker Industrial Park in Wells County.

The regional program was inspired by Indianas "Shovel Ready" site certification process, but with some additional criteria, said John Sampson, the partnership's president and chief executive officer

The most important of those is that the site considered for certification must be publicly controlled, either through ownership or option, Sampson said. The controlling body can be a local government entity or an economic development organization, such as the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance.

The partnership plans to use the certification in its efforts to market northeast Indiana. Showing that a site has met the 15 rigorous criteria for certification helps minimize the risk for a potential buyer, developer and/or user, and gives the region an edge in the competition for businesses and jobs.

Other communities have sites that have been submitted and are still in the certification process, Sampson said.

Funded by a grant from the Northeast Indiana Foundation, the third-party certification process is being conducted by Strategic Development Group of Columbia, S.C. Communities and/or development organizations submitting sites for consideration also pay certification fees.