JobsOhio’s Site Authentication Program Offers In-Depth Look at Sites Ready for Immediate Development

Oct 26, 2018 | News, Newsletter |

Kristi Clouse
JobsOhio

 

Economic development officials across the state now have a resource to help attract companies to Ohio: an inventory of industrial sites ready for immediate development.

This inventory of sites is made possible by SiteOhio, a one-of-a-kind site evaluation program offered by JobsOhio. SiteOhio has officially authenticated 15 sites available for immediate development across Ohio. SiteOhio goes beyond the typical site certification process, putting sites through several rounds of rigorous review and analysis, looking at everything from the size of the area’s workforce to the site’s accessibility to utilities, airports, railroads and interstates. Only those that meet certain criteria earn the SiteOhio Seal of Authentication, which guarantees all utilities are on site with adequate capacity, due diligence studies are complete and signed off on to mitigate risk, surrounding areas have been vetted for compatibility with industrial operations, and all authorizing state and federal entities have reviewed and provided concurrence with the findings.

Having construction-ready sites available for immediate development creates a win-win situation for companies you are meeting with and for your communities. Companies interested in Ohio can choose from multiple sites that minimize risks, reduce costs and increase speed to market. Communities gain construction-ready sites that are more attractive to potential buyers and may help attract jobs to your region.

JobsOhio launched SiteOhio in 2016 in response to the need across the state for more construction-ready industrial sites. Companies were coming to Ohio looking for industrial sites to build on, but no one maintained a comprehensive list of available sites and their attributes, which made it difficult for companies to find locations that met their needs.

SiteOhio has changed that. It has enabled JobsOhio, in cooperation with communities and local economic development partners, to create an inventory of construction-ready industrial sites, giving Ohio a competitive advantage over other states. No other state can claim its analyzed sites are ready for development, and site selectors have testified in support. Now, when companies are looking for a project site in Ohio, they have many quality site options readily available.

Since SiteOhio’s inception, 15 sites have received the seal of authentication. Many of them have individual landing pages on the JobsOhio website, and the pages include detailed information as well as drone footage for site consultants who want a bird’s eye view of the property.

Click on the links below to acquaint yourself with the state’s 15 authenticated sites.

  1. Clark County – NextEdge Research and Technical Park
  2. Clark County – PrimeOhio II Industrial Park
  3. Clermont County – South Afton Industrial Park
  4. Crawford County – Ohio Crossroads Industrial Center
  5. Fayette County – Washington Court House Industrial Park
  6. Gallia County – Dan Evans Industrial Park
  7. Greene County – Greene Regional Business Park
  8. Highland County – Leesburg Industrial Park
  9. Highland County – South Central Ohio Industrial Park
  10. Hocking County – Logan Hocking Commerce Park
  11. Richland County – Airport West Industrial Park
  12. Union County – Starkey at Warner Road
  13. Van Wert County – Vision Industrial Park
  14. Williams County – Bryan North Industrial Park
  15. Wood County – Eastwood Commerce Center

 

If you would like to learn more about SiteOhio’s construction ready sites, visit https://jobsohio.com/site-selection.

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