nake River Landing (SRL) is a 400-acre master-planned community just off of Interstate 15 in Idaho Falls. This Class A Development features prime waterfront real estate space on the Snake River, close to the Historic Downtown Idaho Falls, as well as regional attractions such as Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park.
This mixed-use center blends state-of-the-art offices, dining, boutiques, and residential venues into a landscape of natural water features, and walking/biking trails along the greenbelt. Well known businesses have found their home in Snake River Landing, including Curtiss Wright/Scientech, Stifel Nicolaus, PacificSource Health Plans/IPN, and Moffatt Thomas. SRL also boasts a Tax Increment Financing and Urban Renewal District.
As an economic business center, SRL is complemented as a residential site through Kartchners Homes. They offer exciting floor plans and low maintenance yard options to truly provide a Live-Work-Play environment. You can bike to work, stop for a coffee at Bella Vita Bistro & Coffeehouse, walk in to Love at First Bite, or grab a pizza at MacKenzie River Pizza Pub & Grill.
In the Intermountain West, the living is affordable and easy in Idaho Falls. We are an economic powerhouse in eastern Idaho, western Wyoming, and southern Montana. Home to the Idaho National Laboratory, the serious science of nuclear energy production, cyber and national security, and environmental clean-up and research occurs daily. INL is the center for nuclear energy R&D, and has been the lead developer of innumerable technological advances, including the batteries for the Mars Rover.
Additionally, eastern Idaho is the agricultural center for the nation’s largest crop of Burbank Russet potatoes and the world’s finest malting barley. Institutions such as the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, and related top-tier health providers have clustered in the Idaho Falls-Ammon area. Such diverse economic drivers have boosted the gross retail sales to over $3.5 Billion (2013), which is the largest county total in eastern Idaho.
Grow Idaho Falls, Inc. is the economic development agency, we provide site selection services and customized incentive analysis.
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n today’s hypercompetitive world of site selection; new buzz words and retreaded terminology have been created to make old problems sound like new opportunities. Certified sites, shovel ready parcels, streamlined regulations, requisite zoning, application workshops, permit assistance and other terms make their area sound like a great deal. However, what you are truly getting is guidance through a process minefield that was created by unimaginative, regulatory minds.
At Port 15 Utah in Cedar City, the community is offering simplicity. They have a strategic location that serves the Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver and other large western markets. They have made sure that getting involved with Port 15 Utah is easy.
Permitting is simple. Cedar City has long understood that business runs on strict time lines. They have put together a Permit Process Group with city officials, development professionals and utility partners. This group will meet with you on your first visit and gather information in order to expedite all permitting and business matters for building your project. This group is under the mandate to help companies all the way through their project’s phases and it is unique to Cedar City.
“Charlotte Pipe found a business-friendly environment and a very easy place to do business,” said Brad Muller, Vice President of Marketing, “With the ‘fast track’ process offered by the developer, it took only seven months to go from permits to a completed 148,000 SF facility.”
“We aren’t here to wow you with another economic development program,” stated Danny Stewart, Economic Development Director, “we are here to get you into your facility and taking care of your clients. It is that simple.”
Another important aspect of the simplicity of this business park is having complete infrastructure in place. At Port 15 Utah, we have the power, natural gas, water, waste treatment and fiber optics in the park and ready to extend to your site. At Port 15 Utah, the new substation not only provides substantial site power, but is linked to three other substations. Every line extended in this business park is upsized. The water pressure is significant, the natural gas lines are high pressure and the two redundant sources of fiber optics are extended into Port 15 Utah. Port 15 Utah’s development group planned for large projects and worked with utility companies to provide the necessary infrastructure.
Thomas Pugh, the Executive Director of Port 15 Utah said, “What we have come to realize is our park is incredible when you understand the massive infrastructure that is now in place. We have made sure that current needs can be met with our utilities, but we have also extended facilities to have the infrastructure grow as our clients grow.” Port 15 Utah’s design team paid close attention to the needs of large users.
It isn’t a complete picture without talking about the workforce. Cedar City has one of the most highly educated and hardworking labor forces, period. The State of Utah is a leader in educating its workforce and Cedar City has one of the largest populations of high school and post high school graduates in the United States. Cedar City’s high schools are ranked in the State’s top ten for several years. The Southwest Applied Technology College has programs specifically for manufacturing and other industrial users. Southern Utah University is nationally ranked as one of the top universities for placement in graduate and medical programs.
Recently, GAF reopened a 500,000 SF facility. Because of locating to a smaller market, there was a concern as to whether they would have enough people to select from for their initial employee pool. They were “pleasantly surprised” by the quality of the employees. Geoff Leach, ISO Plant Manager for GAF stated, “Cedar City and the pool of people have been great. The people with the background we needed are available.” There are at least 32 manufacturing businesses in Cedar City and all of them have found great help in a short amount of time.
Smead was consolidating work in several of their plants and selected their Cedar City plant for expansion. “We are very fortunate to have such highly dedicated associates who are actively involved in supporting our strong focus on continuous improvement,” Gordon Goodall, Smead’s Cedar City Plant Manager stated, “Over the past several years we have embraced the principles of Lean Manufacturing and coupled with our team focus we have been able to consistently achieve operational objectives. This made our facility a logical choice for business expansion when the consolidation decision was made.”
The simplicity of its permitting processes, the large volume of industrial utilities and a highly productive and educated work force make this location strategically important for industries serving the western United States. Companies like Charlotte Pipe, GAF, Kapstone Container, Western Quality Foods, Smead, BWAY, Staheli West, and WL Plastics have been able to serve the West’s largest markets without the hassles of complicated government programs. They simply came to Port 15 Utah, setup and went to work. Port 15 Utah is all about simplicity.
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