FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 21, 2017) – A 10-acre tract in the Heartland Commerce and Technology Park in Campbellsville received Kentucky’s Build-Ready certification, making it the 13th location statewide to earn the designation.
The tract, expandable to 173 acres, includes a 108,000 square-foot building pad and can accommodate a proposed manufacturing facility of 100,000 square feet or more. The site, zoned for heavy industrial use, includes access to water, sewer, natural gas and electric.
“By earning Build-Ready certification for it site in the Heartland park, Campbellsville and Taylor County position themselves to receive more interest from a variety of manufacturing employers,” said Terry Gill, secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, which administrates the Build-Ready program. “A key Build-Ready feature that attracts inquiries from perspective businesses is that certified sites offer an expedited timeline to locate, build and open a facility, meaning companies can begin shipping products and generating revenue all the more rapidly.”
Build-Ready sites include a pad 50,000 square feet or greater – expandable to 100,000 square feet or more –and utilities that extend to the site’s edge. As well, the designation means necessary permits, including water, phase-1 environmental, archeological, historical and geotechnical are on file, as well as preliminary building plans, cost estimates and schedule projections.
The applicant – usually a city, county or economic-development group – must also provide a rendering of a potential building for the site.
At just over three years old, the Build-Ready program has certified 13 locations across the state including the Campbellsville site. Efforts toward certification continue on at least a half-dozen other sites.
Sen. Max Wise, of Campbellsville, said the site will encourage companies to consider the community for future projects.
“Build-Ready sites create economic development opportunities across our state, and I am pleased to hear the newest site will be located right here in Campbellsville,” he said. “Taylor County is in the heart of the Bluegrass State and a perfect location for growing industries, and I wish the very best to the final developer of this Build-Ready site.”
Rep. John “Bam” Carney, of Campbellsville, said the Build-Ready designation could result in a jobs boost for the region.
“It’s incredibly good news for Campbellsville, Taylor County and the surrounding region to have the Heartland Commerce and Technology Park named a Build-Ready site,” he said. “Now, we will be on the top of the list for prospective companies who are considering new locations, and as a result, we have the opportunity for great job growth. This is proof that our community is committed to accelerated growth, and I applaud everybody who had a hand in making this happen.”
Taylor County Judge-Executive Eddie Rogers noted the advantages the designation brings.
“We are excited about our approved Build-Ready site in Heartland Commerce and Technology Park,” he said. “This certification will help visiting businesses in the site selection and construction process.”
Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young commented on the significance of the certification.
“I’m confident our Build-Ready designation will help attract new companies and jobs in Campbellsville. Prospective companies know this certification saves them time, allowing construction to begin almost immediately, putting them in operation quicker.”
Kentucky’s other Build-Ready sites include tracts in the Highland Glen Industrial Park in Barren County, the Bluegrass Crossings Regional Business Centre in Ohio County, the 4 Star Regional Industrial Park in Henderson, the Hickory Industrial Park in Graves County, the Shelton Industrial Park in Russellville, Progress Park in Horse Cave, Muhlenberg County Industrial Park in Greenville, Commerce Industrial Park in Hopkinsville and three sites in the Kentucky Transpark in Bowling Green.
Due to high levels of interest in Bowling Green’s three Build-Ready locations, local officials advanced one previous site further with the construction of a speculative facility. It represents an example of Kentucky communities working to advance to meet the demands of business expansions and new locations.
For more information on the Build-Ready program, visit www.thinkkentucky.com/selectkentucky/buildready/.
A detailed community profile for Taylor county can be viewed at http://bit.ly/TaylorCoKy.
The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is the primary state agency responsible for encouraging new jobs and investment in the state. New capital investment announced in Kentucky in 2017 totaled a state record $9.2 billion, spurring more than 17,200 projected new jobs. Information on available industrial properties, workforce development assistance, incentive programs, community profiles, small business development and other economic development resources is available at www.ThinkKentucky.com.