Eight sites in Northeast Indiana have earned the title of “shovel ready,” paving the way for businesses to quickly locate new operations on property ready for development.
The eight new sites located in Adams, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, and Whitley counties join the list of more than 80 other “shovel ready” sites identified by the state since 2006 that have undergone extensive title work, proof of ownership, legal and environmental review, and qualify for expedited permitting with state regulatory agencies.
In LaGrange County, the 114 acres adjacent to the Fawn River Crossing was added to the shovel ready list. It had previously been certified “site ready.”
"Our shovel ready program gives companies the flexibility to accelerate the process of locating or expanding their operations," said Dan Hasler, Secretary of Commerce and chief executive officer of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. "When time is of the essence, it is essential to provide these growing businesses with a variety of immediate and equipped choices."
Passed in the 2005 legislative session as part of Governor Daniels' jobs agenda, “shovel ready” sites are certified by the state's Fast Access Site Team that consists of representatives from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, the governor's office, Indiana Office of Rural and Community Affairs, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana State Department of Health, Indiana State Department of Agriculture and the Indiana State Department of Homeland Security.
Certified sites have been eligible for matching grants to assist with eligible costs associated with applying for the shovel ready program. These sites are listed on the Indiana Economic Development Corporation's Site and Building Database. This online resource allows site selection consultants and businesses to research available commercial and industrial properties that are available for quick development and investment.