PLAINFIELD, Ind. — Indiana communities are always looking for a competitive edge to lure large business and industry to their areas, creating more jobs and economic development activity. For Bartholomew County, Ind., that edge may well come from Duke Energy’s Site Readiness Program.

A site marketed by the Greater Columbus Economic Development Corporation is one of four sites in the Duke Energy Indiana service territory selected for the 2017 Site Readiness Program, which is a key component of the company’s economic development model. It identifies, evaluates and improves sites for potential industrial development.

Site-selection consultant McCallum Sweeney Consulting has evaluated a 63-acre parcel of land near Edinburgh in Bartholomew County, located at the northeast corner of U.S. Highway 31 and County Road 800 North, one mile north of Exit 76 off of Interstate 65.  Local officials heard the consultant’s recommendations on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

“Not only does Duke Energy provide reliable electric service to our customers; we also take proactive steps to help our communities grow and thrive,” said Erin Schneider, director of economic development for Duke Energy Indiana. “We are excited about the site consultant’s recommdations and look forward to helping local economic development officials implement those initiatives.”

“McCallum Sweeney Consulting advises companies all across the nation on where to find the best sites. Gaining their evaluation of our site is of great benefit to us,” said Jason Hester, president of the Greater Columbus Economic Development Corporation. “As such, we are grateful for Duke Energy’s continued commitment to our community’s efforts to build and strengthen our local and regional economy through the Site Readiness Program.”

At the conclusion of the Oct. 4 presentation, Duke Energy presented a $10,000 check to the Greater Columbus EDC to help implement the site consultant’s 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 of 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 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

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