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6/9/2017 - Duke Energy economic development efforts
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Duke Energy Indiana boosts economic development efforts in Bartholomew, Crawford, Dearborn and Hamilton counties
PLAINFIELD, Ind. Duke Energy Indiana has chosen four large parcels in four counties for its 2017 Site Readiness Program. The sites were selected based on their potential to bring large businesses and industries to their respective areas.
A 63-acre site located at the northeast corner of US Highway 31 and County Road 800 North near Edinburgh (Bartholomew County)
A 103-acre industrial park with multiple parcels available, located off Interstate 64 at Exit 92 near Leavenworth (Crawford County)
A 55-acre site at 1228 Harrison-Brookville Road, near West Harrison (Dearborn County)
A 53-acre site in Noblesville at 14469 Olio Road near Exit 210 off of Interstate 69 (Hamilton County)
Helping our communities attract large businesses to our service area brings increased jobs and economic prosperity for entire regions, said Erin Schneider, director of economic development for Duke Energy Indiana. Its an important part of our mission and we look forward to working with our economic development partners to bring added value to these communities.
Site consulting firm McCallum Sweeney Consulting will evaluate the four sites, while Banning Engineering will produce conceptual drawings and site plans.
Based on consultant recommendations, Duke Energy will collaborate with county leaders and local economic development professionals to develop an improved strategy for marketing these sites.
The consultant may also recommend road improvements, easements and rights-of-way that will be required to develop the sites, as well as steps necessary to mitigate any potential environmental impacts.
Duke Energy will present its findings for each site including a detailed report and conceptual drawings to city and county officials when the studies are completed. Economic development organizations in each location will also receive a check for $10,000 from Duke Energy to help implement the recommendations.
After each sites state of readiness has advanced, Duke Energys business development team will strategically market those sites nationwide to companies looking to expand or relocate their operations.
Ideal properties for Duke Energys Site Readiness Program are typically 40 acres or larger, served by the utility, or a vacant industrial building at least 20,000 square feet identified to support renewed industrial growth and sustainable development in a community.
Duke Energy Indianas overall economic development program has been consistently named by Site Selection magazine as one of the nations Top 10 Utility Economic Development Programs. Since 2008, the company has participated in the creation of nearly 20,000 jobs with a total capital investment of approximately $4.5 billion.
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