n today’s ever-shifting economy, speedy industrial development has never been more critical — especially for companies who are experiencing rapid growth. Shovel-ready, certified sites provide a turnkey experience — particularly land tracts that have complete requisite zoning and permit approvals in place.
Georgia has seen a steady flow of leading global companies take advantage of its Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD) Sites Program.
A leader in the life science industry required an area to manufacture plasma-based therapies that treat chronic and life-threatening illnesses, including warehouse and distribution capabilities. Baxter’s facilities are under construction at a GRAD-certified business park in Stanton Springs Industrial Park.
Inalfa Roof Systems
One of the world’s largest providers of vehicle roof systems had a very short timeline to find a manufacturing site that was close to its customers. After nearly four years of searching, this new Georgia site holds the company’s fourth facility in the U.S. and its first operation in the Southeast. They chose a GRAD site in Cherokee County.
A global coffee company and coffee house chain needed a site for its fifth manufacturing facility in the United States. The company’s new Georgia location is now the first Starbucks owned and operated facility in the world to produce soluble products, such as VIA® Ready Brew, ingredients for Frappuccino® and many of Starbucks ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages. Starbucks picked a GRAD site in Augusta.
This worldwide manufacturing and steel processing company conducted a lengthy search for an ideal manufacturing facility. The company was seeking a location with the shortest production timeline and minimal initial investment, the company’s search ended just two days after looking in Georgia. voestalpine’s manufacturing facilities operate on a GRAD site in Cartersville.
The GRAD Sites Program benefits aren’t limited to the global companies that utilize them. Georgia benefits from the program in terms of providing jobs and investment opportunities in our communities. Our GRAD Sites Program has attracted more than $2 billion in investment and created more than 3,000 jobs for surrounding communities since its inception.
To learn more about available GRAD sites in Georgia, visit Georgia.org
Certifiably Ready & Priced to Move
ock County (Janesville-Beloit MSA) has one of Wisconsin’s largest concentrations of shovel-ready property. More than 600-acres, priced at about $1/SF, exists along the I39/90 and I43 Corridor. Site amenities include, but are not limited to: compatible land uses; completed archeological, environmental and geotechnical mapping and due diligence reports; generous incentives; Interstate exposure/access; regional stormwater systems; and right-sized utility and transportation infrastructure (including rail service). Since the local units of government own this land portfolio, developer of choice is the rule rather than the exception.
As a value-added bonus, several communities in Rock County are providing Brokerage Commissions to brokers licensed in Wisconsin for specific land transactions — with an emphasis on those properties that possess the shovel-ready designation. Commissions will be paid at the time of closing, in the amount of six percent (6%) of the gross listing price for the property sold, regardless of the actual or “incentivized” sales price.
Plus, Wisconsin has completely retooled its fiscal, operational and regulatory policies to create a more robust economic environment. Lower business tax obligations (anchored by the Manufacturing & Agriculture Credit), a solvent public pension liability system and a host of other changes are creating a compelling Badger State business case.
Our Economic Development Team is seasoned, well-connected and understands the importance of delivering speed-to-market responsiveness. Lean orientated principles are hard-wired into our permitting and review processes, which affords our Team with opportunities to create solutions rather than roadblocks. Rock County is ready, so call (608.757.5598) or visit (www.RockCountyReady.com) today!