A team from Indianapolis-based Verisite has completed a comprehensive study of potential industrial development sites in Jackson County. The Jackson County REMC, which partnered on the effort along with Hoosier Energy and local economic development leaders, says the study resulted in 10 new sites being identified as available for development.
The study began in the spring. The co-op says the Verisite team evaluated the sites based on several criteria, including size, ownership, ease of land assembly, and proximity to corridors such as I-65, State Road 56 and U.S. 50.
“This extensive review gives companies and site selectors assurance the necessary documentation and data have been compiled,” the co-op said in a news release. “The thoroughness of this work, designed for cost savings and speed to market for industrial developers, also provided an understanding of community assets and readiness to accommodate the next wave of development.”
Jackson County REMC Chief Executive Officer Mark McKinney says one of the area’s strongest attributes will be the 2,000-mile fiber network, construction for which is set to begin in late 2021.