Shovel Ready Site – NC Department of Commerce

Since 2001, North Carolina has offered an official Certified Sites program to provide a statewide inventory of industrial sites that have undergone a rigorous prequalification process to ensure they are “shovel ready” for immediate development and meet a consistent set of standards. The International Logistics Park is a certified Shovel Ready Site.

A Certified Site reduces the risks associated with development by providing detailed information about a site, including price and availability, utilities, access, environmental concerns and potential development costs. Sites are periodically re-certified to ensure accurate, reliable data.

To obtain the Certified Sites designation, communities must undergo a stringent review process that demonstrates they’ve addressed 31 prerequisites, including:

  • Business/industrial use designation
  • Phase I environment audits
  • Geo-technical studies
  • Topographical analysis and maps
  • Aerial photography
  • Availability of public utilities
  • Industrial power quality
  • Engineered site development plans
  • Detailed analysis of development cost
  • Complete information on pricing
Source: Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC)

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