Senator Stevens says certification will greatly enhance local job opportunities
(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), August 19, 2013 – State Senator John Stevens (R-Huntingdon) said today that he has been advised by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD) that Obion County’s Northwest Tennessee Regional Industrial Center on Highway 51 & State Road 21 in Union City was one of only five sites selected statewide as a Tennessee Certified Site. The certification helps to ensure businesses looking to locate or expand in Tennessee that the site will be operational in the shortest possible timeframe and that they meet special standards for site preparedness.
“This is tremendous news,” said Senator Stevens. “Jobs are our first priority. I am very pleased this site has gained this certification which will greatly enhance our ability to draw new employment opportunities to our community.”
According to the ECD, the qualifications needed to become certified, a site must have at least 20 developable acres, proper zoning in place to allow for ease of development, all utilities at the site or a formal plan to extend to the site, and truck quality road access. A hallmark of the program is ensuring that Tennessee sites are ready for development, whether through marketing those ready for a prospect or providing guidance for uncertified cites to achieve a higher level of preparedness.
ECD has partnered with Austin Consulting and The Foote Consulting Group to administer the program. “The Select Tennessee Certified Sites program assures these companies and site selectors that they are seeing some of the very best sites in the nation, the “cream of the crop”, all ready to go now! The result will be more successful project locations, more jobs and more capital investment for Tennessee,” added Foote Consulting Group President Deane C. Foote.
“In an increasingly competitive global marketplace, Tennessee must continue to set itself apart on every level. Beyond our state’s ideal location, high quality workforce, low tax rate and business-friendly environment, we know having an attractive site ready to go may make the difference in attracting new investment or expansion,” ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty concluded.