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Dec 21

Two North Iowa industrial sites designated as “project-ready”

DES MOINES – This week, Governor Terry Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds and Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority Debi Durham announced five industrial sites have achieved certification through the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) certified site program. These five sites are located in the communities of Forest City, Clinton, Grinnell, Waterloo and Osage.

In an effort to address the lack of project-ready industrial sites in the state, the IEDA rolled out the Iowa Certified Site Program in May 2012. This is an independent, third-party certification program that uses the nationally recognized site selection firm of McCallum Sweeney Consulting (MSC) as the sole certifying agent. The Iowa Certified Site Program is designed to consider a combination of national site location standards as well as Iowa’s natural assets and industry needs of the state’s targeted sectors.



“Creating jobs and increasing family incomes for Iowans is my administration’s top priority,” said Gov. Branstad. “With the announcement that five Iowa sites have gone through a rigorous certification process to be considered ‘development-ready,’ we are moving Iowa to the top of the list for projects that are looking for a home. Those projects mean more jobs and income for Iowans.”

The program previously certified sites and parks in Van Meter, Dexter, Iowa Falls, Fort Dodge, Mason City, Norwalk, Perry, Davenport, Middletown, Cedar Rapids and Marion. To date, there has been over $490 million worth of activity on sites or parks within the program.

“A lot of credit goes to the communities of Forest City, Waterloo, Clinton, Osage and Grinnell,” commented Lt. Gov. Reynolds. “The investment to achieve site certification isn’t a small one, but it is sure to pay dividends both locally and for our state as a whole.”

Site certification is one of the fastest growing trends in the site selection business, and by introducing certified sites to the market, Iowa is better able to compete for large-scale projects. By going through this rigorous process, developers – working closely with their local officials, utility partners and consultants – are better prepared to market their sites with specific site-related information and community data. All site due diligence is completed and resulting issues are mitigated, making the site “risk-free” and thus accelerating the development schedule.

“Iowa is improving its competitive positive in the world of site selection by certifying five additional sites,” said Debi Durham, director of the IEDA. “Iowa’s Certified Site Program now boasts 16 sites, with even more in the queue. This shows the world that Iowa is open for business.”

The five sites certified today began the process in 2014. After working through the rigorous certification process, these five sites have met the standards of the Iowa Certified Site Program and have now achieved that designation.

Seven subsequent application rounds have been opened since the program was established with additional sites currently working their way through various phases of the program. The next round of applications will be accepted in January for the following categories:

General Industrial Site — 50 – 249 contiguous acres

Large Site — 250 – 499 contiguous acres

Super Site — 500 – 999 contiguous acres

Mega Site — 1,000+ contiguous acres

General Industrial Park — 100+ acres with one site ≥ 20 acres

Super Park — 500+ acres with one site ≥ 100 acres

Details on the five sites certified today are below:

Forest City Rail Park

Developable Acres: 68 acres

Zoning: Heavy Industrial

Proximity to Interstate: I-35 15 miles

Rail Access: Yes

Organization: Forest City Economic Development

South Waterloo Business Park – Waterloo

Developable Acres: 181 acres

Zoning: Agriculture, Planned Business Park

Proximity to Interstate: I-380 3.9 miles/Highway .9 miles

Rail Access: No

Organization: Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber

South Mitchell County Industrial Site

Developable Acres: 75 acres

Zoning: Agriculture

Proximity to Interstate: I-35 33 miles/Highway 218 10.6 miles

Rail Access: No

Organization: Mitchell County Economic Development

Lincolnway Industrial Rail and Air Park

Developable Acres: 345 acres

Zoning: Heavy Industrial

Proximity to Interstate: I-80 29 miles/Highway 30 adjacent

Rail Access: Yes

Organization: Clinton Regional Development Corporation

Brownells Business Park

Developable Acres: 184 acres

Zoning: Agriculture, Commercial, Light Industrial

Proximity to Interstate: I-80 adjacent/Highway 46 adjacent

Rail Access: No

Organization: Poweshiek Iowa Development (POW I-80)

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