Certified Sites: Update
The Alliance has received a conditional invitation to move forward to step three of the certified sites program for both sites that were submitted. This is very exciting news for all involved with these sites. A full invitation to move forward is pending on a few last-minute details that will be submitted by the first of the year.
Step two of the certification process was submitted in August, and since then, the Alliance has been working to provide more information to the IEDA and the Certified Shovel Ready Program. Site certification visits were conducted mid-September, which helped bring both sites through to the third step in the process.
Both the Van Meter and Dexter sites are submitted as large sites, which must be at least 250 acres in size.
Step three of the site certification process is much more rigorous, and has a longer time frame for completion.
The Iowa Economic Development Authority uses these certified sites to market economic growth in Iowa. The approved sites are then marketed nationally, to ensure that Iowa stays top-of-mind and competitive with other states. This helps site selectors realize what Iowa has to offer and show the opportunities found in the state. Certified sites reduce the risk of the unknown for site selectors, and help the overall development process.