Blog category: Site Selection

Site Selection & Utility Economic Development Incentives: Here’s What You Need to Know

September 23, 2020 / Ashley Savieo, CEcD

Once you’ve narrowed your site search geographically and identified prospective properties that meet your needs, you may look for differentiators to help narrow your options further. Depending on your project, incentives could be the deal-maker or the deal-breaker. I’ve helped dozens of new and expanding companies explore and secure our Economic Development Rider (EDR) in…

AEP Recognized as a Top Utility for Economic Development

September 17, 2020 / American Electric Power

Site Selection magazine has named AEP one of the nation’s Top Utilities in Economic Development. Every year, Site Selection evaluates utilities’ corporate project investment and job creation on a cumulative and per-capita basis. AEP is one of 20 companies to receive recognition. “We’re thrilled to be recognized once again by Site Selection for bringing growth and…

Inform and Enrich Your Property Search

August 20, 2019 / Robb Watson

Our recent blog posts describe how our site and building database makes over 600 properties across 11 states available through one interface that can be easily searched based on the criteria that matters most for your site selection project. This database also features powerful advanced functionality to enrich your property search with preconfigured tools and…

Leverage Our Easy-To-Use Tools to Locate Your Next Industrial Project

August 7, 2019 / Cindy Hoover

Our site and building database is an excellent resource to search our development-ready AEP Quality Sites, as well as over 600 other industrial sites and buildings throughout our 11-state service territory. It has a straight-forward and intuitive functionality similar to most common online mapping applications, including user-friendly filtering and the ability to search by specific…

Search Hundreds of Available Properties in our Site and Building Database

July 16, 2019 / Scott Kuehn

In addition to our 50 Featured Sites, which have been certified, qualified or reviewed by best-in-class site selection and engineering experts, there are hundreds of additional properties across our 11-state service territory ready to meet your development needs. Our site and building database lists these 600+ properties in an easily searchable map and list format,…

AEP Showcases 50 Featured Sites across 11 States to Reduce Risk and Increase Speed to Market

June 18, 2018 / Mark James, CEcD

Since 2012, AEPED has partnered with many of our local communities to identify sites with strong potential throughout our 11-state service territory and invest in preparing them for development. The resulting 50 sites have been reviewed, qualified or certified by best-in-class site selection and engineering consultants, and provide due diligence, minimized risk and improved speed…

Italian Company Chooses AEP-Owned River Rail Site for $360M Investment

April 9, 2018 / Janet Smith

Sofidel, an Italy-based paper tissue manufacturer, held a groundbreaking ceremony on March 16, 2018 for its integrated paper production plant in Inola, Oklahoma. The project, which will locate in the AEP-owned Inola River Rail Industrial Park, includes the construction of a 1.8-million square foot plant that will support 300 jobs. The company investing $360 million…

Utility Incentives Drive Economic Development

October 13, 2017 / Ashley Savieo, CEcD

Working with a utility partner on your site selection process provides numerous benefits — a knowledgeable economic development team, local insights and partnerships, and, of course, energy expertise. Many large electric utilities also offer incentives to their clients. Incentives offered by electric utilities, which are sometimes referred to as riders, typically offer 2 to 5…

Ready for Business: AEP Expands Quality Sites Portfolio

September 22, 2017 / Mark James, CEcD

We have added 16 new industrial properties to our Quality Sites Program, which aims at identifying optimal project-ready sites for development across our eleven-state territory. The sites have undergone extensive evaluation to ensure they meet stringent readiness standards, which are intended to minimize overall site location risk, save time, and reduce site development costs. With…

Forum Showcases the Changing Role of Utilities and Illuminates how Economic Developers Can Lead the Way

August 11, 2017 / Robb Watson

Energy companies offer a range of services to support site selection within their service territories, and add value through specialized knowledge. This industry expertise is critical to recognizing the feasibility of a project, and what would be required to make it a reality. During the week of July 24th, 2017, the Utility Economic Development Association…