One of the fastest growing trends in the site location business is the demand for project-ready industrial sites. The reason is simple: companies continue to reduce the time allowed for making a location decision as well as the time required to start construction and complete a project. As such, the location decision process demands available sites, and those sites need to be ready for development. Companies looking to build new facilities want sites that are ready to go and relatively “risk free.” Recognizing this trend, the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) initiated a site certification program. To assist with this Iowa Certified Sites endeavor, IEDA retained McCallum Sweeney Consulting (MSC), a site selection consulting firm based in Greenville, South Carolina. MSC has executed several similar programs around the country. The programs are designed to closely parallel MSC’s site selection projects, with the questionnaires and required support documentation like that which is required on siting projects.
Impact7G recently completed the following services for an approximate 160-acre parcel near Perry, Iowa’s current Industrial Park: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA), Wetland Delineation, Threatened & Endangered Species Survey, Archaeology Survey (with State Historical Society of Iowa coordination) and Geotechnical Investigation. This was an integral component to the Certified Sites Program as well as the initial step in the due diligence process.
By completing the above listed services, the following benefits are expected:
- Allows for effective pro-active site marketing
- Communicates the site’s strengths and weaknesses
- Mitigates construction time frame development risks
- Accelerates development assistance process
- Makes Iowa more competitive in site selection process
Impact7G has completed similar work at two other sites, one at Dexter and one in Norwalk, Iowa.