Strategy BE1.4: Develop a regional certified sites program.
A certified sites program prequalifies property so that development professionals, site selection consultants, and business prospects can evaluate and compare potential locations for new or expanding businesses against a standard set of criteria. AdvantageWest, in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Commerce, currently maintains a database of certified sites. A regional certified sites program would provide local economic development staff a tool to identify and market sites that may not qualify for state-level certification but fit local criteria within a specific geography and for a specific target industry.
Additional Information / Case Studies
Here is a link to the database of certified industrial sites.
The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership has a site certification program. Criteria used to judge a site includes appropriate zoning, absence of wetland areas, and an acceptable Phase I Environmental Survey that's less than five years old.