The eight new sites located in Adams, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble and Whitley counties join the list of more than 80 other Shovel Ready sites identified by the state since 2006. These sites have undergone extensive title work, proof of ownership, legal and environmental review and qualify for expedited permitting with state regulatory agencies.
“Our Shovel Ready program gives companies the flexibility to accelerate the process of locating or expanding operations,” says Dan Hasler, secretary of commerce and chief executive officer of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.
Passed in the 2005 legislative session as part of Governor Daniels’ jobs agenda, Shovel Ready sites are certified by the state’s Fast Access Site Team that consists of representatives from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, governor’s office, Indiana Office of Rural and Community Affairs, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana State Department of Health, Indiana State Department of Agriculture and the Indiana State Department of Homeland Security.
Certified sites are eligible for matching grants to assist with costs associated with applying for the shovel ready program. These sites are listed on the Indiana Economic Development Corporation’s Site and Building Database at statein.zoomprospector.com. This online resource allows site selection consultants and businesses to research commercial and industrial properties that are available for quick development and investment.