SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – A very big win for Sioux City.”
That’s how Iowa’s top Economic Development official– Debi Durham– characterizes it.
She announced Monday that Sioux City’s 27 Flags has been designated as “project-ready” for industrial development.
The site, in the Southbridge Business Park, has achieved certification through the Iowa Certified Site Program.
That means it’s “shovel-ready” for any large-scale industries that want to locate here.
27 Flags is just south of Sioux Gateway Airport.
It has 120 developable acres with infrastructure already in place, including a new electric substation, water treatment plant, access to Interstate 29 and a rail yard served by Union Pacific Railroad.
Durham says these certified sites are important because many times businesses are already looking at the sites before contacting local and state officials.
“The sites what we have found is that people are looking at them and in fact many times they are on site looking at the site before they ever contact the local economic developers or even the state,” said Durham.
Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott says the certified site is also important for companies’ site selectors and expedites the selection process, and ultimately the building process.
“You know, shovel-ready sites are really critical for any development,” said Scott. “When we meet with different industries, in fact, on this particular site just a month and a half ago we met with a site selector and to have all this confirmation that it’s ready to go is a very big deal to them. It cuts the process down dramatically for what they’re trying to do.”
27 Flags is the 25th city in Iowa to by certified by the state.
It’s Sioux City’s second certified site, following the Bridgeport West Industrial Park.
SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – A Sioux City location has become Iowa’s 25th certified site through the Iowa Certified Site Program.
On Monday the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) announced the 27 Flags site in the Southbridge Businesses Park in Sioux City was designated as project-ready for industrial development.
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“This is a very big win for Sioux City,” said Debi Durham, IEDA and Iowa Finance Authority director. “Companies exploring expansion or new operations do not often have the luxury of dedicating substantial amounts of time to the site location process, so having a site available where all the development questions have been asked and answered better positions the community to attract new investment”.
27 Flags is part of the Southbridge Business Park, located on the southern edge of Sioux City between the Missouri River and Interstate 29.
The property includes nearly 120 developable acres with features including a new electric substation, water treatment plant, access to Interstate 29, and a drop and pull rail yard served by Union Pacific Railroad.
“We know being shovel-ready is critical,” said Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott. “Sioux City has been a leader in business development, attracting both good-paying jobs and capital investment to the area. We are committed to the goal of creating new industrial sites with an eye on continued growth in the future.”
27 Flags is Sioux City’s second certified site, following the 250-acre Bridgeport West Industrial Park that was certified by an earlier process and later sold to Seaboard Triumph Foods.
IEDA rolled out the Iowa Certified Site Program in May 2012 to address the lack of project-ready industrial sites in the state.
The Iowa Certified Site Program is designed to consider a combination of national site location standards, as well as Iowa’s natural assets and the needs of the state’s targeted industry sectors.
For more information about the Iowa Certified Site Program, visit iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/CertifiedSites.