The city of Mitchell hopes a new site certification for its industrial park will spur investment and attract new companies. The Mitchell Industrial Park is the first location in southern Indiana to use the site planning service, Verisite.  It uses alternative means to collect data about property to help lay out a diagram of the site, including existing infrastructure. 

The process helps municipalities see how buildings can be built or expanded. With this information, it helps make the property more marketable to companies interested in building at the 100-acre Mitchell Industrial Park.

"On behalf of the City of Mitchell, I would like to thank those who have worked with us and been involved in the master planning of the Mitchell Industrial Park," said J.D. England, mayor of Mitchell. "This plan opens the door for advancement.”

England says the map identifies assets but also challenges to create an ideal site layout for the industrial park. The available lot sizes can accommodate buildings that range from just over 5,000 square feet to over 200,000 square feet.

The city of Mitchell is working with Radius Indiana and the Lawrence Economic Growth Council to map out the possibilities and to share the cost of the project.

"By certifying more sites we are increasing our chances of companies choosing our region for expansion or relocation–by offering them more choices for locations, saving them time in the screening process, reducing investment risk and reducing development costs," said Jeff Quyle, president and CEO of Radius Indiana.