Business Parks Land OCRA Designations

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The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs has awarded special designations to two Hoosier business parks. Blackford County Industrial Park has received the Indiana Site Certified Gold classification, while the Franklin Business Park in Johnson County has been designated Indiana Site Certified Silver.

The state’s Site Certified program validates sites that are ready for economic development, according to OCRA. The Blackford County Industrial Park in Hartford City consists of 37 acres and Blackford County Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Colton Bickel says the designation will put the site one step ahead for future development.

The Franklin Business Park is a 140-acre site and is looking to attract companies from the business services, general and light manufacturing, transportation, distribution, and logistics sectors.

"We are thrilled to not only recertify this site to the new standards, but also enhance the level of our certification to Gold Status. The work put into this site allows us to be one-step ahead for future development,"  said Colton Bickel, Executive Director of the Blackford County Economic Development Corporation. “The future is bright in Blackford County and we look forward to working with potential occupants in making this site their home.”

"Companies want to work in communities that are able to work at the speed of business, and the city of Franklin is committed to doing just that," said Franklin Mayor Steve Barnett. "This certification is one more way we can ensure companies’ success in our city."

You can learn more about the Indiana Site Certified program, including the requirements to earn a designation by clicking here.

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