July 13, 2015
July 13, 2015 – DES MOINES Today, Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds announced six additional industrial sites to achieve certification through the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) certified site program. The Perry site was among the six. In addition the Governor announced the plans to rollout a pilot "Green" Certification to take place in Woodward, Iowa. "This is a great day for Dallas County! The addition of Perry makes three certified sites in the County with Woodward on track to be the fourth. All of the sites have very unique attributes and different target markets", said Linda Wunsch, Executive Director of the Greater Dallas County Development Alliance.
Perry, Iowa site is comprised of 151 acres and is part of the existing Perry Business Park located on Highway 141 at the east edge of Perry. Current tenants in the park include: Percival Scientific, ITC Midwest and Hy-Line International. Mayor, Jay Pattee of Perry stated "We are very proud to receive the certification today for Perry. This will bring a higher level of awareness to our site and community and provide opportunities that we may have otherwise not had a chance to participate in RFI requests." Perry Industries & Perry Economic Development representative Terry Nielsen stated "Our groups have had great success in the past in attracting the three businesses that are currently in the business park, we want to continue to target complimentary business".
Woodward, Iowa site is comprised of a total of 463 acres and is situated at the junctions of Hwy 210 & 141. Approximately 150 acres will be certified for business development with the remaining acres to be support services and housing, all of which will be adhering to sustainable development. Mayor Brain Devick of Woodward stated "This pilot project is a first of its kind in the Nation and will put Woodward on the map. A key point of this new category is the requirement to develop and adopt covenants that will provide strong guidance for the future development of the Green Business Park. We are very excited to start the process of the new certification". Craig DeHoet, Woodward Economic Development and City Council member stated "This new classification of "green certification" recognizes the importance of reducing the environmental impact of development. The diversification this will provide to the Woodward economy is something we have planned and dreamed of for years".
In an effort to address the lack of project-ready industrial sites in the state, the IEDA rolled out the Iowa Certified Site Program in May 2012. It is an independent, third-party certification program that uses the nationally recognized site selection firm of McCallum Sweeney Consulting (MSC) as the sole certifying agent. The Iowa Certified Site Program is designed to consider a combination of national site location standards as well as Iowa’s natural assets and industry needs of the state’s targeted sectors.
"Creating jobs and increasing family incomes for Iowans is my administration’s top priority," said Gov. Branstad. "With the announcement that six additional Iowa sites have gone through a rigorous certification process to be considered ‘development-ready,’ we are moving Iowa to the top of the list for projects that are looking for a home. Those projects mean more Iowa jobs."
Site certification is one of the fastest growing trends in the site selection business, and by introducing certified sites to the market Iowa is better able to compete for large scale projects. By going through this rigorous process, developers -- working closely with their local officials, utility partners and consultants -- are better prepared to market their sites with specific site-related information and community data. All site due diligence is completed and resulting issues are mitigated, making the site "risk-free" and thus accelerating the development schedule.
Five subsequent application rounds have been opened since the program was established and 12 additional sites are currently working their way through various phases of the program. The next round of applications will be accepted this month for the following categories:
General Industrial Site -- 50 - 249 contiguous acres
Large Site -- 250 – 499 contiguous acres
Super Site -- 500 – 999 contiguous acres
Mega Site -- 1,000+ contiguous acres
General Industrial Park -- 100+ acres with one site ≥ 50 acres
Super Park -- 500+ acres with one site ≥ 250 acres
For more information about the Iowa Certified Site Program, visit www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/SiteLocation/CertifiedSite.
For more Information contact Greater Dallas County Development Alliance:
Linda Wunsch, Executive director