ast turnaround times, low risk projects and quick approvals. These demands are now the new normal for development projects nationwide — demands that are met by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s (WEDC) Certified In Wisconsin Program. Through the program, Wisconsin is creating consistent standards for certification of industrial sites. A Certified In Wisconsin site is deemed development-ready. It has the key reviews, documentations and assessments most commonly required for industrial uses.
WEDC worked with Deloitte Consulting to create consistent standards for industrial site certification in Wisconsin. Certification criteria were developed based on representative needs of advanced manufacturing projects. WEDC’s thorough review process produces detailed documentation about a site’s price, availability, utilities, access and environmental standing — information that allows investors to make informed decisions.
Confidence In Wisconsin’s Certified Sites
Certified In Wisconsin sites increase the comfort level of site selectors and companies by removing unknowns about a site, and accelerating the site due diligence and implementation timeline. Development-ready certification in Wisconsin allows for fast-track construction for major relocation or expansion projects. In addition, favorable, stable conditions spur cooperation and collaboration with project stakeholders. In all, the Certified In Wisconsin Program creates confidence.
What Does Certification Look Like In Wisconsin?
Certified In Wisconsin Successes
Since its inception in May 2012, 13 sites received certification and were deemed as “development ready.” In fact, two Wisconsin sites have already seen major development projects.
In October 2013, Service Cold Storage, a refrigerated warehouse facility, broke ground in the East Park Commerce Center, a certified business park in Stevens Point. The $19 million warehouse will serve as a distribution center for the agricultural and food industries.
In February 2014, United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) announced plans to build a $38 million distribution center in the Eagle Ridge Business Park in Prescott — a project expected to create up to 314 new jobs over three years. The company conducted a multi-state search and selected the Certified In Wisconsin site to build its second facility in the state. UNFI’s Group President Sean Griffin explained, “We feel the site is the optimal location for us to better service our customers and increase our operational efficiencies while reducing our costs and emissions.”
J. Michael Mullis, the Tennessee-based project location specialist who worked with UNFI throughout the selection process, said among the reasons the company selected Wisconsin was the state’s overall business friendly environment and the ability of the state and city to respond quickly to the company’s needs.
“UNFI examined numerous locations and weighed a variety of factors,” Mullis said. “But in the end, the location in Prescott made sense for many reasons.”
He said the state’s business climate assets include a qualified dependable workforce, a streamlined permit process and strong fiscal responsibility.
Mullin added, “The State of Wisconsin, through WEDC and the local economic development network, is ready to do business.”
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-oriented 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!
pportunities grow naturally in Cedar Hill with easy connections in the North Texas region. Located 20 minutes from downtown Dallas and 40 minutes from downtown Fort Worth with multiple connections to the rest of the DFW Metroplex; a 30-minute drive will take you to DFW International Airport or Dallas Love Field. For executive air travel, Dallas Executive Airport is only 15 minutes away. BNSF rail serves the Cedar Hill Business Park as well as other available sites in the City. Uptown Village at Cedar Hill is the newest upscale lifestyle center in Cedar Hill housing office, retail, and restaurants. 610 Uptown offers Class “A” office amenities in the heart of Cedar Hill’s commercial district.
Locating and growing a business in Cedar Hill is easy. Educational opportunities abound with a satellite campus of Cedar Valley College, part of the Dallas County Community College District co-located with the Best Southwest SBDC, and Strayer University. Combined with an active business community, a ready workforce, and a City that seeks growth, businesses naturally thrive here.
In addition to the prospering business climate, Cedar Hill has natural beauty. Cedar Hill State Park is nearly 2,000 acres and located on 75,000-acre Joe Pool Lake. The ruggedness and scenic beauty of the area combined with over 100 miles of shoreline and water based recreation activities make the one of the most visited state parks in Texas. Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center at Cedar Hill is situated on 205 acres of Dogwood Canyon, which contains the widest variety of rare species in North Texas as plants and animals from east, west, and central Texas converge there. Add this to an extensive city park system, and recreational opportunities abound.
Own a lovely home, take a client to dinner, have fun on the lake, this and much more is waiting for you in Cedar Hill.
aldosta-Lowndes County is the unrivaled transportation hub of the Southeast connecting companies to virtually every major market in real time. Located between Atlanta and Orlando in the heart of South Georgia, Valdosta-Lowndes County is strategically positioned for business to access and serve the global economy. Each of Valdosta-Lowndes County’s top sites are certified Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD) and have unique attributes, from rail served for plastics and manufacturing to parks situated near Interstate-75 and just north of Interstate-10 for distribution and service industries.
Value-added agriculture and food processing leaders like Archers Daniel Midland Company (ADM), South Georgia Pecan, Sunset Farms, and CJB Industries are located in Lowndes County. South Georgia Pecan is the second-largest pecan-shelling company in the U.S. shelling at least 160,000 pounds of pecans a day to supply food manufactures such as Nestle, Russell Stover and retail warehouses with almonds, cashews, pistachios and walnuts.
A strong workforce pipeline fuels companies located in Valdosta-Lowndes County, with two public school systems, a four-year university and a technical college. In addition to its schools and colleges, Valdosta is also a Georgia Work Ready certified community — a workforce development initiative that assesses real-world skills of Valdosta’s workers, provides job training and helps companies reliably match the right people with the right jobs.
n Phoenix’s West Valley, a pristine length of new, six-lane freeway stretches over Interstate 10 ready to shift the area’s commercial development into high gear. Once completed in early 2015, the multi-level interchange linking Interstate 10 and the Loop 303 will serve as the gateway to the next major development zone in the metro area, offering companies access to strategically located, shovel-ready sites.
Central to the emerging commercial business hub is PV303, a 1,600-acre business park which sits at the confluence of Interstate 10 and Loop 303 in Goodyear, Ariz. PV303 is a master-planned business park designed to meet the growing demand for commercial and industrial opportunities in metro-Phoenix. At build-out the park will offer 20 million square feet of office, retail and industrial space.
“PV303’s highly visible presence along the I-10 corridor truly makes it the interchange of business emerging in the West Valley,” says John Graham, president of developer Sunbelt Holdings. “The business park offers companies everything they are looking for: high profile location; shovel-ready sites; infrastructure; incentives; deep, highly-qualified labor pools; unmatched amenities; and — maybe most important — business-friendly policies at both the state and local levels.”
The park is strategically situated to serve Arizona and key markets in the western U.S. like the Ports of Long Beach; Los Angeles and San Diego, Calif.; El Paso, Texas; and Las Vegas, Nev. The Loop 303 provides a high-speed route into and out of the area, bypassing metro area traffic congestion, making it an ideal location for companies that transport large volumes of merchandise intra- and inter-state.
Additionally, a talented, deep and productive workforce lives in the immediate area, while freeways put Goodyear — and PV303 — within an hour of all 3.8 million workers in greater Phoenix. In fact, CNBC recently ranked Arizona’s workforce higher than any other state in terms of training, quality and availability of workers while maintaining one of the lowest costs for labor in the nation. The City of Goodyear alone boasts a diverse population with more than 85 percent of heads of households being college-educated and 56 percent having college degrees. And the workforce is only getting deeper; with approximately 4.4 million people, greater Phoenix’s population is expected to nearly double in the next two decades.
PV303 also benefits from approved Foreign Trade Zone status on portions of the property. This FTZ status provides special customs procedures to U.S. plants engaged in international trade-related activities, making it an attractive opportunity for major companies looking to locate in the metro-Phoenix area.
A business friendly environment is another boon to companies looking to expand or locate operations within the Valley of the Sun. Arizona boasts the lowest unemployment insurance tax in the nation, as well as its status as a right-to-work state. What’s more, the Greater Phoenix area offers fast-track permitting – 90 days or less throughout the region.
Major users are already taking advantage of all PV303 has to offer. The park is currently home to a SUBZERO/Wolfe manufacturing and distribution facility as well as Dicks Sporting Goods’ Western United States Distribution Center. SUBZERO/Wolfe recently purchased an 11.5-acre parcel for expansion of their existing facility. Sunbelt also recently sold a 29-acre parcel for a light manufacturer which is scheduled to break ground in late 2014.
ttracted to our rolling hills and Chesapeake Bay beauty, over 100,000 residents invest their revenues and intellectual resources in our communities. In keeping with state trends, Cecil County’s education, real estate and recreational offerings attract high achievers — and high per capita incomes. Within the top-ranked public school system in the United States, our residents are educated and motivated. Their energies fuel breakthroughs in the classroom, and in private industry.
As an added incentive, over 4,300 acres of land and all eight of Cecil County’s industrial parks are situated within state-designated Enterprise Zones. Companies located in the Enterprise Zones reap tangible rewards, receiving tax credits in return for job creation and investment. Low interest loans and tax- exempt financing for manufacturers keep profits — and jobs — flowing throughout the county.
The latest addition to our local real estate market is Principio Business Park. Tenants include Restoration Hardware, GE Appliance Distribution, and the Cecil Technology Park’s entrepreneurial companies Operative Experience, i-Lighting, Colonial Miniatures, and General Resonance. The park also is home to a 1.2 million square foot proposed shovel-ready site that has already received Fast-Track designation.
Access to revolutionary research keeps global firms like W.L. Gore, ATK and Terumo Medical Corporation on the cusp of innovation. The quest for new technologies—essential to advances in additive manufacturing — drive local partnerships with the University of Delaware, Johns Hopkins University and over 100 higher educational and federal defense institutions within an hour’s drive.
If access — to skilled labor, space and customers in the world’s largest market— is your aim, connect with Cecil County. Insourcing benefits your profitability and our community, and our technology-progressive mindset supports your success.
volving Tecknologies and Enterprise Development Company Limited (e TecK) is the organization tasked with developing new modern economic zones in a booming region of the world. They aim to provide a combination of business and industrial spaces at attractive rates for investors looking to establish operations in the Caribbean. A Q&A with e TecK’s President, Kelvin Mahabir, explains how.
It seems like Trinidad may be one of the best kept secrets in the world of FDI. Why is that?
Trinidad and Tobago has a long history in the petrochemical and downstream industry. Our success in the energy sector has enabled Trinidad’s economy to become the largest and strongest in the Caribbean.
Our Government has done significant work to improve the ease of doing business in Trinidad and Tobago. We’ve looked at drivers for business climate improvements and initiated and in some cases completed major reforms in these areas.
Additionally, we’ve established a national investment promotion agency, invesTT, designed to get the word out about Trinidad and Tobago as an investment destination and the investment opportunities currently available. But to attract new investment and support business expansion in Trinidad and Tobago, developed land sites, equipped with modern infrastructure and utilities and turnkey business facilities is a must. This is what e TecK is all about.
What key industries do you see driving Trinidad and Tobago’s economy in the coming years?
Our government has identified 7 sectors to drive the development of Trinidad and Tobago;
These sectors were identified as being capable of delivering long term sustainable socio-economic growth.
Why is T&T well placed to attract investment in those sectors?
Through e TecK, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago is developing seven new special economic zones to meet investors’ demand for new economic spaces to build and grow their operations.
For investors with an immediate need for “shovel-ready”, pre-certified sites, one location stands out — Tamana InTech Park (TIP). This High-Value Business Park with a strong environmental focus has been master-planned to reduce waste and pollution, efficiently share resources (such as information, materials, water, energy, infrastructure, and natural resources), and help achieve economic gains for tenants while preserving the environment and minimizing our carbon footprint.
It spans over eleven hundred (1,100) acres of green space and is the largest green business and industrial park with an academic and research focus in the Caribbean.
How has e TecK zoned its parks to make use of the country’s developed transportation and logistics infrastructure?
Tamana InTech Park is located adjacent to one of the main arterial highways, the Churchill Roosevelt Highway; 10mins from the Piarco International Airport with its 16-gate terminal and daily direct flights to major European, North American and South American cities. The Park is 30 km from the Port of Spain one of two fully developed industrial ports to serve as transhipment gateways to the Americas. Three of the seven new Economic Zones we’re developing this year was deliberately sited close to our Port at Point Lisas, roughly 10-20 km actually.
How can locating at TIP reduce an investor’s time to construction and operations?
Well for starters we have 21 market-ready land-lots for companies involved in ICT; Business Process Outsourcing, High-value manufacturing, Clean Technologies and Business Services. These lots have gained the necessary approvals from the local authorities and range from 2800 to 83,700 square metres per lot. The “green”, sustainably designed, turnkey Flagship Office Complex is ready for lease and our rates are very competitive.
And at e TecK we work closely with Trinidad and Tobago’s investment Promotion Agency, invesTT. Their Facilitation and Aftercare Services Division is there to help an investor throughout the decision making process – from providing information to assisting with setting up operations. So investors have the available space and the critical support they need. We’ve eliminated a lot of the unknowns, uncertainty and bureaucracy and this is good news for any company seriously considering establishing operations in the Latin America and Caribbean region. So if you’re looking to start operations in the next 3 to 6 months Tamana InTech Park is the right move. But don’t take our word for it. Come see for yourself!
What about the quality of R&D institutions and the labour in Trinidad?
Investors will be delighted to learn that TT ranks 40 out of 144 countries for the quality of its educational system based on the World Economic Forum’s Network Readiness Index–an index that measures specifically the degree to which economies across the world leverage ICT for enhanced competitiveness.
Kelvin Mahabir, eTecK President
Mr. Mahabir brings to e TecK over thirty years of business expertise having successfully led large and small organizations both locally and regionally, in multiple market segments, delivering excellent results in some of the largest and most profitable organizations in the Caribbean region.
To learn more about Tamana InTech Park or investing in Trinidad and Tobago visit:
We have one of the highest literacy rates in the world at 98% with free access to Tertiary Education, and our two (2) major universities produce over 6,500 graduates per year. The Tholons Report “Exploring Opportunities in the Global IT Services Market” by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) cited that Trinidad and Tobago as having one of the highest concentrations of tertiary level graduates in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region.