Site certification has gained importance over the last several years as states, utilities and railroads create certification programs. And given the competition for economic development, as more communities do it more want to do it.
But what if you can’t afford to “certify” your site?
Simple, you can do your own due diligence as if you were the project. Why? Because site certification was really born out of economic developers not being prepared and knowing their available sites as integrally as they should.
Below is a simple template we use in the early stages of competing due diligence for our private sector clients. And, if you have this information on hand, I’m confident that you’ll save yourself a lot of time the next time your asked to respond to a site selectors RFP.
Basic Industrial & Commercial Site Assessment Template
On Monday (Jan 7, 2019) we presented the Spencer City Council (Spencer, Iowa) with a final draft of their Economic Development Strategic Work Plan. The plan, developed in conjunction with the city’s Grow Spencer Commission, covers a range of economic development initiatives for the next five years. Check out the plan.
In accepting the final plan, the Spencer City Council unanimously approved a resolution to implement the plan.
Council Approves Grow Spencer ED Plan (KCID-FM)
Toyer Strategic Consulting has completed the Phase I of a two phase business retention and expansion project for the City of Pacific and Port of Seattle. The Phase I inventory discusses our methods for data collection, and categories and analyzes the types of existing businesses within Pacific’s corporate limits. Phase II of the project (now underway) involves distribution of a general business survey and completion of business retention and expansion (BRE) visits.
Check out the Phase I report:
Phase I Business Inventory for City of Pacific
The City of Spencer, Iowa has retained Toyer Strategic Consulting to assist their newly created Grow Spencer Commission with the development of an economic development work plan for the community. Check out this story in The Daily Reporter.
The City of Pacific, Washington has retained Toyer Strategic Consulting (TSC) to complete an economic development project funded by the City and a grant from the Port of Seattle.
Under the project scope TSC will identify, categorize and visit key employers within the community. A final consultant report and business retention and expansion (BRE) program recommendations are due to the City and Port no later than November 1st of this year.
“We are excited to work with the City of Pacific and support their existing businesses,” said David Toyer, owner of Toyer Strategic. “Pacific is an especially unique location in Washington State, supporting jointly with the City of Sumner one of nine ‘manufacturing industrial centers’ that could yield up to 2,100 acres of new industrial development along the SR 167 corridor.”
Located 28 miles south of downtown Seattle, Pacific is split between King and Pierce counties and has a 2017 population estimate of 7,184.
The cities of Pacific and Sumner were provisionally designated a manufacturing industrial center (MIC) in 2016 by the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) pending completion of a MIC subarea plan expected later this year.