Select Tennessee certifies more industrial sites

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD) recently announced the next four Select Tennessee Certified Sites.

Select Tennessee’s new facilities are being located in Benton, Dyer and Montgomery counties.

New sites include: American Way Site, located in Ripley; city of Milan Industrial Park Site, located in Milan; Clinton/I-75 Industrial Park Site 2R, located in Clinton; and Rialto Industrial Site, located in Covington.

Select Tennessee was launched in June 2012 with the goal of helping Tennessee communities prepare available sites for investment and expansion.

It sets a consistent and rigorous standard upon which companies can rely in making critical location decisions.

“With 26 certified sites to choose from, Tennessee offers companies a wide range of developable properties across our state that have been vetted and certified to international standards by world-class site selection firms,” ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “With new facilities being located at Select Tennessee sites in Benton, Dyer and Montgomery counties, the investment made by state and local governments in these sites is already producing results.”

The program acknowledges that companies looking to expand or relocate their operations often eliminate less-prepared sites and addresses this issue by ensuring sites meet a specific standard.

Among the qualifications needed to become certified, a site must have at least 20 developable acres, proper zoning in place to allow for ease of development, all utilities at the site or a formal plan to extend to the site, and truck-quality road access.

There are now 26 Select Tennessee Certified Sites available in 19 different counties across the state. The Select Tennessee program accepts applications twice a year.

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