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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 to a certified site that is “shovel-ready” can fast-forward a development schedule and get a new facility up and running months faster than a non-certified site. For example, a non-certified site would require doing your own environmental assessments, ensuring that utilities are suited to your company’s needs and checking for clear title. With a certified site, all of this work has already been completed and independently tested.

How are certified sites evaluated, and on what?

Certified sites have been pre-approved by a group of consultants that can include engineers, environmental professionals and local utilities representatives who provide an objective, credible evaluation of the site and its characteristics. Standards for certification can vary depending on the state or economic development agency. When considering a certified site, make sure to research and evaluate the certification criteria to ensure that they meet the specific needs of your business.

Sites are typically evaluated on:

  • Availability
  • Zoning
  • Utility infrastructure
  • Boundary survey and topographic maps
  • Environmental assessments
  • Permits
  • Unique characteristics, etc.

How can I find certified sites?

Many economic development organizations, state agencies and communities have certified site programs that give you access to a list of pre-approved sites that meet their specific set of criteria. You can find more information about these entities and their certified sites programs online.

AEP offers sites certified for industrial, data center and food processing uses, available for review here.

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