For Immediate Release
January 21, 2016
Office of Community and Rural Affairs Designates Owen County as Indiana Site Certified Silver
The ISC certification program validates sites that are ready for economic development. The Indiana Site Certified Silver tier defines boundaries with a clear title, establishes a price, demonstrates executive level local government support, defines utility capacity and distance, and provides documentation such as the Phase I environmental assessment, ALTA, topographical, and property layout.
“Owen County’s ISC designation shows their commitment to growing and expanding business opportunities in their community,” said OCRA Executive Director Bill Konyha. “I applaud Owen County for taking these important steps in ensuring their hometown is positioned for economic prosperity both now and in the future.”
The Owen Camp Industrial Site is situated within close proximity to the new Hoosier Energy Operations Center and is near the new I-69 corridor at the Bloomington exit. The site is located on 117 contiguous acres and has the benefit of several universities in their back door which assists in developing a qualified workforce.
“The ISC designation represents one of many recent successes in economic development that are a direct result of the tremendous team work among county, town, and local government officials, businesses, non-profit entities, volunteers and valued professionals,” said Owen County Redevelopment Committee President Craig Coffman. “We are truly blessed to have such key players who share the common goal of making Owen County a better place for current and future generations.”
Indiana Site Certified is led by OCRA in partnership with the state’s Fast Access Site Team (FAST), which is comprised of multiple state agencies including the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC).
The goal of the ISC program is to assist Indiana cities and towns:
“This designation has enabled us to increase our attraction efforts, expand industrial development in the county as well as provide an opportunity for new investments,” said Owen County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Gwen Tucker. “Thank you to the State of Indiana, Owen County, Hoosier Energy, South Central Indiana REMC and local community leaders for their work to make this project a reality.”
For more information regarding the tiers and general programmatic parameters, please visit the Indiana Site Certified webpage.
Communities of any size may apply for the designation through OCRA. Applications for certification are accepted on a rolling basis. The first step is to contact your OCRA Community Liaison who will be able to offer current program details, evaluate readiness to proceed and provide application instructions.
The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs’ (OCRA) mission is to work with local, state, and national partners to provide resources and technical assistance to assist communities in shaping and achieving their vision for community and economic development.
For information on Indiana Site Certified, visit http://www.in.gov/ocra/sitecertified.htm.
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