Plainfield-based Duke Energy Indiana has identified six locations throughout the state to participate in its 2018 Site Readiness Program. The effort aims to evaluate and improve sites for potential industrial development.
Duke says the program will help promote economic development, jobs, and quality of life for the regions involved in this year’s program. The locations include:
- A 66-acre site near Creek Way and 106th Street in Zionsville (Boone County)
- A 175-acre site in the River Ridge Commerce Center in Jeffersonville (Clark County)
- An 80-acre site along State Road 1 near the Interstate 74 interchange at St. Leon (Franklin County)
- A 200-acre site at the Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport in Fishers (Hamilton County)
- A 143-acre site along East County Road 400 South near the interchange of State Road 3 and Interstate 70 (Henry County)
- A 500-acre site inside the Vermillion Rise Mega Park (Vermillion County)
Duke says it will work with South Carolina-based McCallum Sweeney Consulting to evaluate five of the six sites, while Banning Engineering, also based in Plainfield, will produce conceptual drawings and site plans.
The sixth site, located in Franklin County, will be part of a Site Readiness Light Program, which comes without the evaluation from McCallum Sweeney Consulting. Duke Energy says the site will then be qualified to participate in the full Site Readiness Program as early as next year.
As part of the program, Duke Energy will present its findings for each site to city and county officials and then present a check for $10,000 to economic development organizations in each location to help implement the recommendations. Once a site’s state of readiness has advanced, Duke says its business development team will then strategically market those sites to companies nationwide who are looking to expand or relocate.