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 to get businesses up and running faster and more efficiently.
WEDC worked with Deloitte Consulting to create consistent standards for industrial site certification throughout the state. The 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 on sites that have already been reviewed and approved.
Confidence In Wisconsin
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 and allows for greater speed to market for companies located here.
What Does Certification Look Like In Wisconsin?
Certified In Wisconsin Success
Since its inception in May 2012, 13 sites received certification and were deemed as “development ready.” In fact, four Wisconsin sites have already seen major development projects or have projects underway.
Service Cold Storage, a company that provides refrigerated facilities to industries, broke ground in the East Park Commerce Center, a certified business park in Stevens Point. The $19 million warehouse now serves as a refrigerated warehouse facility.
In addition, United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) is building 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 multistate 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 national project location specialist who worked with UNFI throughout the selection process, called the Certified in Wisconsin Program “one of the best state-level programs in the U.S.”
“The fact that the Prescott site had been through the program was one reason that our project team selected the Prescott site,” said Mullis, president and CEO of J. M. Mullis, Inc.
Recently, Chicago Fittings Corporation, a specialty-fitting manufacturer, announced plans to move and build a new 30,000-square-foot building in Beloit’s Gateway Business Park—another one of Wisconsin’s Certified Sites. The Illinois company plans to spend about $2.36 million on the new facility and hopes to break ground early next year. WEDC is providing the company with state tax credits of up to $175,000 for the next four years.
Joseph Tarquini, president of Chicago Fittings, noted a variety of incentives that Wisconsin offered compared to Illinois. “Comparing state by state there were tax incentives and job credit rebate programs that set Wisconsin and Illinois apart,” he said, adding the state also offers the manufacturing and agriculture tax credit.
When Promega Corp., a major Madison-area biotechnology company, decided it was time to expand, it selected a Certified in Wisconsin Site in the Fitchburg Technology Park as the site for a $30 million manufacturing facility.
Carl Ruedebusch, president and CEO of Ruedebusch Development & Construction Inc., said the Certified in Wisconsin Program “has been invaluable as we continue to develop the property.”
“With the certification, we are able to respond to requests for proposal, broker inquiries, and property questions quickly and effectively,” he said.
What Others Are Saying About Certified In Wisconsin
“This is one of the best new programs that the state has started through WEDC. This is a big step for the state to help the Village of Howard move forward with its economic development strategy.”
— Paul Everett, Howard Village Administrator
“The Certified in Wisconsin Program is one of the best state-level programs in the U.S. The State of Wisconsin, through WEDC and the local economic development network, is ready to do business.”
— J. Michael Mullis, Tennessee-based project location specialist with J.M. Mullis, Inc.
Learn More About Certified In Wisconsin
For more information, visit WEDC’s site selection resource, LocateInWisconsin.com. The website provides complete access to each Certified Site’s unique landing page, which features the full site certification documentation.
ver the past five years, the United States and other nations have struggled with economic downturns. High unemployment, lack of jobs, and a somewhat depressed economy have led to little or no growth. But what if there was a place, nestled deep in a rural, desert area in New Mexico, that was just the opposite of this bleak picture? A place with new companies opening, with so many new jobs that unemployment rates never rose above 6.6%? A place that actually had new retail come into the market while companies were pulling back nationwide?
Welcome to Carlsbad, New Mexico.
In using 2008 as a starting point, Carlsbad has grown by leaps and bounds. Diversification of the industry base has been the driving force behind the community's success, with a burgeoning oil and gas growth that has truly been the fuel for this rural machine. Let's paint the picture with some statistics. Carlsbad's population has increased approximately 3% over the past five years. In large part, this growth has been attributed to strong expansion in the oil and gas industry. This industry alone employs between 3,000 and 3,200 workers, and the Carlsbad market has been leading New Mexico in production for the last three years. Current unemployment rates hover between 3.5% and 4.0% on average. Carlsbad also receives on average 500,000 visitors per year thanks in large part to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park and other state parks in the community.
Industry growth has been coupled by retail expansion as well. Since 2008, over 20 new businesses, regional and national, have opened in Carlsbad. Lowe's Home Improvement, Petsense, rue21, and Tractor Supply Store, have led the retail influx. IHOP and McAlister's Deli have led the restaurant openings. Carlsbad's growing market has garnered a great deal of increased attention over the past several years as well. A leakage study showed the demand for restaurant options as many consumers will leave town to enjoy quality dining often found in surrounding larger markets like El Paso, Texas.
Hampton Inn & Suites, Fairfield Inn by Marriott, TownePlace Inn and Suites, Comfort Suites, and La Quinta Inn and Suites have all entered the hospitality market. Three new apartment complexes (Copperstone Apartments, Avalon Apartments, and the Village at Carlsbad) as well has three new housing subdivisions by Ken Thurston Homes have been building to keep up with the rapid growth. As a result, the community is now faced with a housing shortage viewed by some as a problem and others as an opportunity.
Carlsbad is currently developing a mixed-use retail development called the Cascades at Carlsbad. This unique development will house over 650,000 square feet of retail, restaurant, and entertainment unlike anything in southeastern New Mexico. With the Pecos River serving as the main water feature, the Cascades promises to be a destination point for residents and visitors alike.
Whichever way you choose to look at the situation, it all adds up to positive growth for a relatively small rural town in the middle of the desert. Carlsbad continues to invite site selectors and developers to the community so they can see for themselves why this market is one of the fastest growing in New Mexico, and why it makes sense to invest in the burgeoning future of this city. The time is definitely now.
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 15minutes 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 7,500-acre Joe Pool Lake. The ruggedness and scenic beauty of the area combined with over 100miles 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 on205 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.
For more information visit www.cedarhilledc.com or call the Cedar Hill Economic Development team at 972.291.5132.
he City of Cambridge is located 42 miles straight north of Minneapolis at the crossroads of Highway 65 and Highway 95 in East Central Minnesota. The Cambridge Opportunity Industrial Park is a city-owned industrial park and Certified Shovel Ready. The region consistently ranks as one of the best places to do business. It’s located one hour from Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and minutes from the Cambridge Municipal Airport.
Cambridge is home to more than 18 tech-intensive manufacturers in diverse industries including metals, plastics, automotive parts, printing, publisher of books, testing labs, food processing and materials handling. Local companies provide finished goods or parts for medical devices, recreational vehicles, grain-handling equipment, food products, electronic equipment, automobiles and other products.
Cambridge’s diverse economy starts with expanding existing businesses and attracting new opportunities. Targeting specific industry sectors to expand or start fresh in Cambridge has always been and continues to be an ongoing effort. The cluster of these manufacturers makes up a large portion of Cambridge’s economy. Further development of these sectors will strengthen current businesses in the community.
There are a variety of low cost financing tools available to qualified businesses, including low-interest loans, equipment financing, job creation funds, and workforce training grants, Tax Abatement or Tax Increment Financing.
Learn more about how your business can prosper in Cambridge, MN, by visiting www.opportunitycommunity.com, or call Stan Gustafson 763-552-3209. Opportunity awaits for you in Cambridge — Minnesota’s Opportunity Community.