PLAINFIELD, Ind. — Duke Energy has selected a 63-acre parcel of land near Edinburgh in Bartholomew County for the utility’s 2017 Site Readiness Program. The parcel, marketed as “Meadowlawn @ I-65”, is located at the northeast corner of U.S. Highway 31 and County Road 800 North, one mile north of Interstate 65 Exit 76.
The Site Readiness Program is a key component of Duke Energy’s economic development model. It identifies, evaluates, and improves sites in the company’s service territory for potential industrial development.
“Helping our communities attract large businesses to our service area brings increased jobs and economic prosperity for entire regions,” said Erin Schneider, director of economic development for Duke Energy Indiana. “It’s an important part of our mission and we look forward to working with our economic development partners to bring added value to this community.”
As part of Duke Energy’s evaluation of the Bartholomew County property, site-selection consultant McCallum Sweeney Consulting will conduct a comprehensive assessment. Based on consultant recommendations, Duke Energy will collaborate with county leaders and local economic development professionals to develop an improved strategy for marketing this site.
The consultant may also recommend road improvements, easements and rights-of-way that would be required to develop the site, as well as steps necessary to mitigate any potential environmental impacts. Banning Engineering will produce final drawings and conceptual site plans.
“The ‘Meadowlawn @ I-65’ site is an important piece of our area’s industrial site portfolio, especially considering its I-65 and US 31 location at the northern edge of Bartholomew County,” said Jason Hester, president of Greater Columbus Indiana Economic Development Corporation. “We are very happy to participate in the Duke Energy Site Readiness Program, and we look forward to welcoming the guidance of McCallum Sweeney Consulting and Banning Engineering.”
After local officials see the consultant’s final recommendations later this year, Duke Energy will present a check for $10,000 to help implement the recommendations.
Ideal properties for Duke Energy’s Site Readiness Program are typically 40 acres or larger, served by the utility, or a vacant industrial building at least 20,000 square feet identified to support renewed industrial growth and sustainable development in a community.
Duke Energy Indiana’s overall economic development program has also been consistently named by Site Selection magazine as one of the nation’s “Top 10 Utility Economic Development Programs.” Since 2008, the company has participated in the creation of nearly 20,000 jobs and total capital investment of approximately $4.5 billion.
For more information about Duke Energy Indiana’s economic development programs, visit www.locationindiana.com.
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About Greater Columbus Indiana Economic Development Corporation
The Greater Columbus Economic Development Corporation is an independent, non-profit economic development organization serving Columbus and all Bartholomew County, Indiana. The organization’s strategic goal is to grow & attract well-paying, high value-added, community-minded businesses by influencing and leveraging the area’s distinct capabilities in advanced manufacturing, design, and Science Technology Engineering & Math (STEM) education resources. Current industry targets include Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Engineering/R&D Services, and Office Administrative Services. Greater Columbus EDC’s approach is three-fold: (1) Work with existing primary employers to help them grow in Columbus and Bartholomew County, (2) attract and recruit new companies, and (3) work with local community partners to build upon and continuously improve the area’s desirability to businesses and residents.
Since the EDC’s founding in 1976, recruited companies today employ more than 7,600 persons, and those jobs support approximately 1,100 additional local jobs and together generate an estimated $282 million in annual household spending. More than 360 local expansions have also been recorded, and combined, new projects and expansion have called for $2.6 billion in initial investments. For more information on the Greater Columbus Economic Development Corporation and the services it offers, please visit www.ColumbusIN.org or follow us @ColumbusEconDev.