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Parcels evaluated for Select Tenn PEP program

By Jill Penley
Freelance Writer

To grow and strengthen the state’s economy, the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) works to attract new businesses and facilitate the expansion and growth of existing businesses. Since Johnson County was chosen to participate in the latest round of the Select Tennessee Property Evaluation Program (PEP), things have been happening.
According to Johnson County Mayor Mike Taylor, members of Austin Consulting, based in Cleveland, Ohio, were in the area recently to begin assessing and evaluating the potential of four separate parcels – two on Highway 91, North and two on U.S. Route 421 South – for possible industrial uses.
“They felt we had some great sites,” said Taylor, who explained the process of site certification. “They examine land with apparent potential for becoming a quality industrial site, and complete an extensive site
development plan, which includes conducting geotechnical services, boundary surveys, site plan development, storm water plans, utility commitment securement, and zoning and building code assessment.”
According to Taylor, a report will be available in the next 30 to 60 days evaluating the sites for future industrial use, identifying the one that best meets requirements, and establishing the next steps for final selection.
“One of the major benefits is the state will advertise the site as a certified site,” said Mayor Taylor. “The program will market the sites to a targeted group of
site selection consultants and business leaders in Tennessee’s key industry clusters.”
The Select Tennessee Certified Sites Program was developed as a rigorous process aimed at elevating Tennessee’s sites to the level of preparedness necessary for corporate investment. TNECD has launched a new website (SelectTennessee.com) to market sites certified through this program to site selection consultants and business leaders in Tennessee’s key industry clusters. TNECD’s business development consultants and staff utilize the information provided in the certification process to give site selection consultants and prospects the full picture of available sites in Tennessee. Select Tennessee Certified Sites have a unique advantage when presented, due to the comprehensiveness of the information assembled.
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