View COVID-19 Business Impacts in Real Time

“Living payroll to payroll.” That’s one takeaway about small businesses from a first-of-its-kind effort by economic development professionals to monitor the business and worker impacts of the pandemic. According to a dashboard hosted by Blane Canada Ltd, more than 70% of responding businesses have seen a negative impact on revenues. About 25% have closed operations,…

AEP Releases 2020 Corporate Accountability Report

We have issued our 2020 Corporate Accountability Report, an annual assessment of AEP’s performance as a public company and a community partner. This is the 14th year of the report, which details developments in energy and technology, social responsibility, community investments and environmental stewardship. The report’s theme, “Moving Forward Together for a Brighter Future,” reflects…

Port improvements support the industrial boom in Corpus Christi

In 2015, the Port of Corpus Christi opened up for crude oil export and has since undergone an industrial boom. In just four years, it has become the fourth largest port in the United States. Oil and gas development has sparked an economic renaissance in the region, and a number of new port improvements are…

Edge Computing Meets Data Centers’ Need for Speed

It’s easy to get very fast data center service when you live in a major market such as New York, Chicago, Dallas or San Francisco. Large population centers like these have mega-sites and fiber optic backbones capable of moving high volumes of near-instantaneous data. But how do you get the same kind of speed —…

Inform and Enrich Your Property Search

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

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

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,…

Faster Speed-to-Market for Micro-Data Centers

The business case for micro-data centers is growing stronger by the day as the rollout of 5G gets underway. While its full nationwide deployment is anticipated by 2020, 5G’s bright future promises are already generating a lot of energy. Many industry players, including both enterprises and data center service providers, aren’t waiting to secure the…

AEP Releases 2019 Corporate Accountability Report

We have issued our 2019 Corporate Accountability Report, an annual assessment of our performance as a public company and a community partner. This is the 13th year AEP has released the report, which details its developments in energy and technology, social responsibility, community investments and environmental stewardship. The report’s theme, “Innovating for a Boundless Energy…

AEPED Celebrates Another Successful SelectUSA Investment Summit

The AEP Economic & Business Development Team participated in the 5th annual SelectUSA Investment Summit June 20-22nd, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce, SelectUSA was created to invite and encourage potential foreign investment to the United States.  This year, over 1,200 international firm attendees from 66 countries and more than…

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

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…

Three Sites in Arkansas Receive AEP Quality Sites Designation

Three sites in southwest Arkansas have earned the Quality Sites designation for project readiness. AEP subsidiary Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) finalized the designation with local partners. The AEP Quality Sites program intends to make sites more competitive for projects considering a location within AEP-served communities. The AEP Quality Sites program ensures a site has…

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

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…

Taking Data Centers to the Edge

The concept of edge computing is fairly new but easy to understand: when you put your data centers as close to end users as possible, data processing and storage become virtually instantaneous, bringing the power of cloud services right to your company’s door. As corporations have realized the value of having a distributed architecture of…

2017 Marks a Transformative Year for AEP

As you know, the transformation sweeping our industry is happening at lightning speed. As we move toward a cleaner energy future, AEP is preparing by making significant investments in technology, strategic partnerships, talent development and capacity-building for new skills. At the same time, we continue to diversify our resource portfolio. While fossil fuels continue to…

Kentucky Power Again Plays Role in Bringing Jobs to the Region

A few years ago our CEO challenged our team to see what we might do to help part of the territory we serve in Appalachia that has been so impacted by the change in our energy industry. Take a few minutes and read the article our Corporate Communications team wrote about the success in Eastern…

Wind Catcher Energy Connection – a Driver for Economic Development

Written in collaboration with Eric Basinger, Economic & Business Development Manager, Southwestern Electric Power Company AEP continues to invest in a diverse mix of energy resources – including renewable energy and natural gas – to provide customers with the reliable power they need to grow and expand their businesses. In July 2017, we announced Wind Catcher…

Follow in Facebook’s Footsteps: Why Ohio is a Prime Location for Data Centers

In August 2017, Facebook announced plans to build a $750 million data center in New Albany, Ohio. At 900,000 square feet, it would be the largest data center project in central Ohio to date. According to Rachel Peterson, director of data center strategy and development for Facebook, the company was attracted to Ohio because of…

Utility Incentives Drive Economic Development

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…

Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council

We were awarded a Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award for our aeped.com redesigned website, a project in the category of General Purpose Website of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 19, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held Sept. 17 – 20, in Toronto,…

Ready for Business: AEP Expands Quality Sites Portfolio

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

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…

Driving the “The Science of Where” in Economic Development – Key Takeways from the ESRI User Conference

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) plays an invaluable role for the AEPED team, enabling us to integrate, analyze and visualize data to support economic development throughout our service territory. Using the Esri ArcGIS Platform, we can perform a wide range of spatial tasks, from online business research to complex desktop spatial analysis. During the week of…

AEP Produces 2017 Corporate Accountability Report: ‘The Power to Shape the Future’

In May, AEP published our 2017 Corporate Accountability Report, an integrated report on our stewardship as a public company and community partner. This year’s report reflects AEP’s ongoing transition to becoming the energy company of the future and more than a decade-long commitment to transparency and engagement. Nick Akins, AEP chairman, president and chief executive…

Meeting the Industrial Sector’s Renewable Energy Needs

Wind and solar energy accounted for over 10% of U.S. power generation for the first time in March 2017, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. This follows a record year in 2016 for clean energy development as more than half of new generation sources brought online last year were renewables (U.S. Energy Information Administration). The…

Sofidel: U.S. Expansion Success with a Utility Partner

Our AEP economic development team just wrapped another successful showing at SelectUSA Investment Summit — the premier event for foreign companies considering sites in the U.S. for relocation or expansion. According to SelectUSA, participants from the first three Investment Summits — held in 2013, 2015 and 2016 — announced more than $20 billion in greenfield foreign…

Campbell Soup Selects AEP Certified Site in Findlay, Ohio

Campbell Soup Supply Company will construct a new distribution center in Findlay, Ohio on one of AEP Ohio’s Certified Food & Beverage Sites—the Midwest I-75 Logistics Park. Campbell Soup has begun site preparation for their 741,000-square-foot distribution center. When the center opens in the summer of 2018, it will employ 160 people and ship Campbell…

5 Reasons Why Braidy Industries Chose Eastern Kentucky

In April 2017, Braidy Industries announced a $1.3 billion aluminum rolling mill to be located in Ashland, Kentucky. Braidy’s 2.5 million-square-foot mill is expected to employ 550 permanent workers and 1,000 temporary workers during construction. Braidy seeks to become the nation’s leading producer of affordable, high quality body sheet aluminum, plate and ultra-high strength alloys…

See You at SelectUSA

It’s almost time for the top FDI conference in the country: the SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington, DC. This event, held June 18 – 20, provides an unmatched opportunity to connect with companies from all over the world, economic development organizations from every corner of the United States, and other parties working to facilitate business…

AEP Honored For National Key Accounts Customer Service

Edison Electric Institute (EEI) recently recognized AEP and two AEP National Accounts executives for exceptional customer service at the 2017 Awards for Outstanding National Key Accounts Customer Service. AEP won the National Key Accounts Executive Award for Sustained Excellence in Outstanding Customer Service. In the National Key Accounts Executive Award Category: Barry Mosser, Manager of…

SelectUSA India Road Show

AEPED joined the SelectUSA 2017 India Roadshow in March on its visit to New Delhi, Ahmedabad and Bangalore. Nearly 300 participants from Indian firms attended, approximately 100 in each city. During the events, Indian investors connected with U.S. economic development organizations (EDOs), U.S. government officials and investment, legal and financial experts. Seminars were held in…

Tips for Siting Your Next Business Location

If you’ve never made a corporate location decision, it is easy to make mistakes. Here are some tips to help you make the right selection for your next location. Agree on search parameters Your team needs to decide what factors are non-negotiable when it comes to finding your next location. Ranking the importance of each…

AEP Showcases Economic Development Services at SelectUSA India Road Show

AEPED joined the SelectUSA 2017 India Roadshow in March on its visit to New Delhi, Ahmedabad and Bangalore. Nearly 300 participants from Indian firms attended, approximately 100 in each city. During the events, Indian investors connected with U.S. economic development organizations (EDOs), U.S. government officials and investment, legal and financial experts. Seminars were held in…

What Makes Good Communities Great?

That was the questioned posed and answered during two PSO-sponsored economic development forums held in February in Tulsa and Lawton. Led by veteran economic development and site selection professional, Jay Garner of Garner Economics, LLC, the forums provided economic development training for over one hundred city and county officials, economic development boards, and other PSO…

Top Eight Economic Development Hashtags

Using hashtags on social media, especially on Twitter, is a great way to get involved in a larger conversation surrounding a specific topic. Here are eight top economic development hashtags to follow related conversations on social media. #EconDev is by far the number one hashtag used in economic development. This hashtag is actively used daily…

AEP Communities Dominate 2017 Top Micropolitans List

Site Selection Magazine has released its 2017 list of top micropolitan communities in the United States and once again Findlay, Ohio is ranked number one for the third year in a row—and has made the list an astounding 11 times in the past 17 years. But Findlay isn’t the only micropolitan to make the list…

The Governor’s Cup: AEP States Come Out on Top

According to Site Selection Magazine, the annual Governor’s Cup takes yearly project totals, which are tracked by the Conway Projects Database, and ranks states based on performance criteria over the past year. Projects must meet one of three criteria for inclusion: a minimum capital investment of $1 million, 20,000 or more square feet of new…

AEP Ohio: Helping Communities LEAP

Since 2005, AEP Ohio’s Local Economic Assistance Program (LEAP) has provided grants to local economic development partners for creation and retention of manufacturing jobs. Through LEAP, we are directing dollars back into our communities to invest in their growth. We recently spotlighted a couple of Ohio counties to see how they are using their LEAP…

We are Building Momentum – 2016 In Review

Community by community, project by project, our efforts to promote economic development are making an impact. 2016 marked the fourth year since we brought back AEP’s corporate focus on economic development, and it was a year full of project activity and initiatives to help our communities become better positioned for new development. We’ve had the…

Area Development’s Critical Site Selection Factors

Over the past few months, Area Development Magazine has published its latest look at the top factors in site selection. While the specific criteria can vary project to project, here’s a summary of the ten most important location drivers as voted on by the magazine’s readers. Energy Availability and Costs Energy availability and costs is…

Public Service Company of Oklahoma & University of Tulsa Team Up On Solar Project

Solar power is an increasingly important part of the energy mix of the future and, like AEP, Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) has made a long-term commitment to cleaner and more efficient energy sources. Solar power is 100 percent renewable, clean and can be shared statewide. Recently, PSO teamed up with the University of…

Renewable Energy: A Dialogue with Our Corporate Partners

It is AEP’s goal to be a trusted energy advisor to all of our corporate customers. We want to work together with our corporate partners to develop mutually beneficial products and services that meet individual corporate objectives and bring value to customers. In this spirit, we invited corporate customers from a variety of industries to…

Town Inc: Grow Your Business. Save Your Town. Leave Your Legacy.

When it comes to growth, communities don’t have an economic development problem; they have a marketing problem. In the book Town Inc., Andrew Davis studied communities across the country and found that those with a strong and marketable story faired better than communities that didn’t. Town Inc. proposes a unique prescription for economic prosperity. Stake Your…

Appalachian Power awards $155,000 to fund economic development

Originally written by Teresa Hamilton Hall for Appalachian Power News Online ROANOKE, Va. – Projects in several Virginia and West Virginia counties and cities have been selected to share $155,000 in economic development grants from Appalachian Power. The awards announced last week are part of Appalachian Power’s efforts to promote economic growth in the company’s service…

I&M Emphasizes Economic Development and Growing our Communities

Originally written by Tracy Warner for I&M News Working in our communities is integral to being the energy provider of the future.  Part of that process involves working directly with economic development organizations in our communities that lead efforts to grow businesses and attract people. Recently, economic development officials from across I&M’s service footprint met…

Calculating Return on Investment Made Easy

Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) has launched a unique ROI Selection Tool available through its website to aid in the corporate site selection process.  This one-of-a-kind benchmarking tool compares the cost of doing business in I&M-served cities in Indiana and Michigan versus any city or metro in the United States. The ROI calculator provides a high level…

Will You Be at CoreNet? Visit Us to WIN!

We will be exhibiting at the 2016 CoreNet Global Summit North America in Philadelphia, PA, October 16 – 19, 2016. If you are attending, we hope you can stop by to visit us! We will be in booth #208. To see exactly where that is on the convention floor, visit the CoreNet interactive floor plan.…

Site Selection Magazine: Top Utilities in ED

AEP has consistently been named one of the top 10 utilities for economic development by Site Selection Magazine over the past five years. Each year, Site Selection Magazine evaluates the performance of utility economic development based on: Corporate facility project jobs and capital expenditure Website tools and data Innovative programs and incentives for business Job-creating…

Aerospace Industry Finds a Hub in Kentucky

The state of Kentucky is home to a booming aerospace manufacturing cluster. Kentucky has seen a 63% increase in the private aerospace products and parts manufacturing industry since 2002. Aerospace exports outpace all other exports in Kentucky, which includes horses, bourbon, and cars. In 2015, car exports topped Kentucky’s list of exports, and aerospace was…

Plastics Industry Thrives in U.S. and AEP States

Plastics is the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry employing approximately one million American workers. The plastics industry represents a large sector of the U.S. economy accounting for $427 billion in goods. There are nearly 18,500 plastic facilities in the U.S., and plastics manufacturing has a presence in every state. The economic interest in plastics is continuing…

Manufacturing Growth Scales to Five-Month High

Those of us in the economic development industry are always looking at economic indicators for signs of overall industry growth and health. According to the Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), manufacturing in the United States grew for the fifth straight month in July 2016. In addition, the economy overall grew…

Findlay Ranked Top ‘Micropolitan’ Community in the U.S. (Again!)

Site Selection magazine has ranked Findlay, Ohio, the top Micropolitan community in the United States for the second year in a row. Now you might be wondering, “what is a Micropolitan community”? According to the Office of Management and Budget in the White House, a “micropolitan” is a city of 10,000 to 50,000 people covering…

Data Excellence in Economic Development

Data has been and always will be a key driver in site selection decision-making. In light of technological advancements and enhanced access to collecting and tracking metrics, EDOs and other location professionals need a way to easily format and read this data. With this in mind, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), in collaboration with…

Why Economic Development?

Why is a power company involved in the business of economic development? We are committed to doing our part to ensure our communities remain vibrant and strong. Building strong, healthy communities requires an investment that goes beyond monetary resources. AEP’s Economic and Business Development team puts its expertise and connections to work, helping local communities…

Specialized Electrical Contracting Services? We’ve Got That

American Electric Power has been a leader in the electric industry for more than 100 years. From our pioneering efforts in transmission and generation technology to our 220,000 miles (354,000 km) of distribution lines, AEP sets the standard. But did you know AEP can offer customers the same high-quality, safety-focused expertise through our Specialized Electrical Contracting…

AEP and Economic Development Partners Head to Select USA

Attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the U.S. is a globally competitive endeavor. Other countries are being aggressive about attracting business – especially India, with its government-funded Make in India campaign. According to the annual FDI report for 2015, India has overtaken China for the top spot. So how can the U.S. and our individual…

AEP Texas sponsors “Lunch & Learn” sessions

Originally written by Larry Jones for AEP Texas Now Ray Covey, AEP Texas manager of Economic and Business Development, hosted representatives from Oncor Electric Delivery and Centerpoint Energy along with Carlton Schwab, chief executive officer of the Texas Economic Development Council, during a luncheon training session for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Tourism.…

AEPED offers a Range of Research Services to Empower Local Communities

Over the last year, the American Electric Power Economic and Business Development Team (AEPED) has worked to establish an informative and fresh new web presence via AEPED.com. As we’ve progressed through the web design process identifying and creating content and implementing new ideas, our focus has been on providing self-service tools to our economic development…

AEP Quality Site in Virginia sold to ELDOR Corporation

The first of AEP’s certified Quality Sites has been sold. Italian manufacturer and international group leader in the automotive business, ELDOR Corporation, is investing $75 million to build its first U.S. production plant in Botetourt County, Virginia. “Virginia is particularly business-oriented, with its pro-business laws, Port of Virginia access, logistics and infrastructure,” Pasquale Forte, ELDOR…

Military and Defense: An Economic Driver in Oklahoma

Oklahoma is home to six military installations – three Air Force bases, two Army installations and one Air National Guard base. They are critical to training our troops, manufacturing their equipment, and defending our nation, but they also are economic forces that support job growth and investment in the state. Lawton, Oklahoma, home to the…

Community Connection: Marketing Developable Sites

Site marketing is no doubt a difficult task. With hundreds of companies aiming to effectively market thousands of sites, it may feel impossible to rise up and stand out among the clutter. We have completed certification of nearly 30 industrial, food & beverage, and data center sites across our service territory. That, coupled with the…

Cities within AEP service territory to receive millions of dollars for renovation and development

Recently two AEP-served regions,  Northeast Indiana and North central Indiana, were selected by the Indiana Regional Cities Initiative (RCI) as awardees in a competitive grant process.  Each region is to receive funding for major renovation and development, all of which is to accelerate “placemaking” efforts in these regions. Fort Wayne in Northeast Indiana and South…

Building or Siting a New Data Center: The Basics

Building a data center is considered a mission-critical endeavor. There are several factors that go into successfully executing such a project. Here are some factors one must consider when building a data center. Site Location This may be the most important decision when building a data center. Experts have identified six site selection criteria for…

The Peanut Butter Cup of Next Gen Data Centers

Some of the best products and services we have to enjoy are the beautiful result of perfect combinations. Like the peanut butter cup’s marriage of two delicious ingredients, AEP and Compass come together to create a unique force in the data center world. Our two companies began formally working together in the summer of 2014,…

AEP has Solutions for Amazon Data Centers

Valued customer service along with tested and reliable power delivery solutions persuaded Amazon to build three new data centers in suburban Columbus, a $1.1 billion investment for the large Internet retailer. Amazon’s decision to build in Columbus began in April 2014 when AEP teams from Transmission Planning, Distribution Planning, Economic and Business Development, and Customer Services…

AEP Territory Dominates 2015 Top States for Business List

Congratulations to six AEP states—Texas (#2), Tennessee (#4), Indiana (#6), Louisiana (#8), Ohio (#9) and Kentucky (#10)—for making Area Development’s 2015 Top 10 States for Doing Business. Area Development publishes the list each year based on 21 key factors comprising three overall categories: business environment, labor climate and infrastructure and global access. Highlights from the rankings:…

The Best Site for a Data Center is a Safe Site

Every site location has unique features — many add value, but some are downright dangerous. Being aware of the risks associated with a property, and the hazards it could potentially pose to your business, helps you make a sound site selection decision. The easiest and best way to avoid threats to your new site, especially…

Texas Leads Top States for Business

For the 11th year in a row, Texas has ranked as the top state for business according to Chief Executive magazine’s annual survey. The survey was completed by 511 CEOs across the U.S. States are measured by their taxes and regulations, quality of the workforce and living environment. The results clearly show that, “CEOs favor…

Electrical Utilities Aid Shale Customers with Speed‐To‐Market

When you think of a powerful electrical utility serving much of the United States, you might not think quick and agile. Traditionally, the electrical industry has required a long lead time for big new projects. However, today’s electric company must offer expedited service – especially in hot and fast‐growing segments like the shale oil and…

AEP and Toyota: The Power of Partnerships

About ten years ago, Toyota invested $400 million and created 300 jobs to build an engine and transmission manufacturing plant in Buffalo, West Virginia. Today, the plant has expanded on eight separate occasions employing 1,400 more people, with an investment of $1.4 billion. They became the first powertrain plant outside of Japan to produce 10…

A Conversation with Endeavor’s Linda Rottenberg

Recently, as part of our AEP Executive Book Club, I had the opportunity to host a webinar, A Conversation With Endeavor’s Linda Rottenberg, about her book “Crazy is a Compliment: The Power of Zigging When Everyone Else Zags.” As co-founder and CEO of Endeavor, her mission is to help entrepreneurs turn ideas into action, no…

Optimal Data Center Locations: Where and Why

Building a data center is not a simple process. There are several considerations and factors that play into various stages of the developmental process. However, one of the most important decisions when building a data center is location. Many factors go into selecting the optimal location for a data center. Experts have selected six main criteria…

AEP Economic Development in the News

Columbus Business First recently interviewed AEP Vice President of Economic and Business Development Mark James for two articles on AEP’s role in driving development in our 11-state territory. Specific highlights included AEP’s role in Amazon Web Services data center’s data center announcements in Central Ohio and our Quality Sites Program, which pre-certifies development sites for…

Electrical Rate Competitiveness Factors into Site Selection

For companies with electric-intensive operations, the availability, cost, reliability and redundancy of electric power plays a big part in finding the right site. While utilities are rarely the primary factor in the decision-making process, once a company or site selector narrows its field of desirable locations, we can help identify properties where cost-competitive, abundant and…

AEP Knows the Needs of a Data Center

As the amount of data society uses keeps growing, so has the infrastructure needed to manage it: namely, data centers. These mission critical facilities require meticulous location selection, and AEP knows the timing and accuracy of information provided by economic developers and utility professionals is essential. To streamline these processes, we provide comprehensive business development…

AEP Ohio Program Supports Northwestern Ohio

The Van Wert, Ohio community is budding with potential in part because of its involvement in AEP Ohio’s Community Economic Development Academy (CEDA). Working with this program, a 600-acre job-ready site has been created to attract potential companies to start building and potentially bringing an influx of jobs to the Van Wert area. As a…

Partner with Electrical Utilities Early for Best Location, Lowest Costs

The role electric utilities can play in shale development operations is under-valued. Utilities can be a valuable partner in helping keep project costs low, even influencing location decision for pipelines and processors. For maximum benefit to all partners, utility companies aim to forge relationships early for natural gas projects. Many will provide free GIS mapping,…

Locate Your Business Faster with Certified Sites

What is a certified site? A certified site is a plot of land that has undergone a rigorous inspection by an independent third party. Through this process, reliable and thorough information about the site is compiled and packaged to make it easier for businesses to compare relocation options and accelerate the decision making process. Relocating…

Indiana Michigan Power invests $200 million in local infrastructure

As a result of the recent continuation in the partnership, AEP I&M  have chosen to increase the previous $110 million funding from local banks to $200 million. The transaction will be used to boost aging transmission and distribution infrastructure as well as continue the Cook Nuclear Plant life cycle management program. A unique beneficiary of this…

6 Tips to Find a Site for Your Expanding Business

Define Your Relocation Region Narrowing the field of options is critical when approaching a site selection opportunity. Your first step should be to define the outer geographic limits of your relocation zone based on factors specific to your business. This will help you focus your search and avoid becoming overwhelmed with the seemingly endless options within…

Eastern Kentucky fueled by Kentucky Power’s commitment to Economic Development

Announced May 7th, the grants are part of the Kentucky Power Economic Advancement Program (KEAP), which includes a commitment to provide $1 million to communities in Eastern Kentucky through 2019. The KEAP program was created as part of a 2014 agreement with the Kentucky Public Service Commission and others as a means to provide economic…