LEAVENWORTH, Ind. (March 15, 2019) – A 96-acre industrial park in Crawford County, Indiana is bidding to expand the Louisville business construction site market to the west along the I-64 corridor.
Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs joined officials from the Crawford County Economic Development Corporation yesterday to announce an Indiana Site Certified Silver designation to the Crawford County Industrial Park. Owned by the Crawford County Redevelopment Commission, the property has all utilities installed and could be used for business services, general/light manufacturing, transportation, distribution and logistics.
This certification is the first for a site in Crawford County, and one of five in the immediate surrounding areas. The 96-acre site is in Leavenworth, and is located adjacent to I-64, a 35-minute drive from Louisville across the untolled Ohio River bridge.
Indiana’s Silver tier of business development site defines boundaries with a clear title, establishes a fixed maximum price, documents utility capacity available at the site, demonstrates executive level local government support, and provides documentation such as Phase I environmental assessment, ALTA, topographical, and property layout.
The Certification process entails a rigorous review of the infrastructure and preparedness of the site which makes it “ready to go”. If a company should want to locate there, Crawford County Economic Development can accommodate the company faster with the pre-work planning already complete, letting businesses start construction and begin their operations with less time and expense.
Mike Thissen, executive director of Crawford County Economic Development, looks at the certification as a much-needed boost for the county and allows him and his staff to be able to market the park effectively and with purpose.
“It has been a rewarding process to position our community for growth and this certification will assist in becoming an attractive place for business development and expansion,” said Thissen. “We are strategically positioned just 35 minutes away from the Louisville Metro workforce and the UPS Worldport. We are going to be able to leverage our certified shovel-ready park to attract businesses who can capitalize on the region as we are really the Southern Gateway to the heart of Indiana. We are grateful to our State and Regional partners for their support.”