Cabinet for Economic Development
Bowling Green Sites to be Certified as Build-Ready
Second, third sites receive designation designed to boost
industrial property inventory, attract jobs
GREEN, Ky. (Dec. 2, 2014) – Lieutenant
Governor Crit Luallen today joined community leaders to announce that two
industrial sites located at the Kentucky Transpark in Bowling Green will be
officially certified under Kentucky’s new Build-Ready program.
launched by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development earlier this year, is
a cost-effective way for communities to distinguish their list of available
industrial sites to meet the needs of today’s site selectors.
very exciting to see more and more communities utilizing the Build-Ready
program,” said Gov. Beshear. “I’m confident today’s Build-Ready designations
will attract more businesses and jobs to Bowling Green.”
is intended to give communities an advantage in attracting new businesses,”
said Lt. Gov. Luallen. “Any company that visits these sites knows that it will
be able to begin construction almost immediately, drastically shortening the
time it takes to be operational. This is a major selling point, and we expect
this designation to generate even more economic interest in Bowling Green.”
sites, totaling 33 acres, have met the qualifications, making the Transpark the
first location in Kentucky to offer a pair of Build-Ready Sites. Electrical,
water, sewer and gas, as well as fiber optic cable, are already routed to the
property lines. The Transpark also is home to the only CSX Select Site in
Kentucky for top-tier rail freight capabilities.
The two Bowling Green sites are the second and third
industrial sites to receive the certification. Gov. Beshear celebrated the
first designation – a site in Henderson – last month.
In addition to shovel-ready sites and pre-existing
buildings, communities now have the option of proactively preparing and
marketing land to potential companies without assuming all the risk and cost of
constructing a building. With a Build-Ready site, much of the work, besides
actual construction, has already been completed, including having community
control of the land to be developed, preparing a building pad (prepared
ground/soil/environmental studies), conducting preliminary design work,
including project costs and construction timeframes, obtaining approved site
plan permits and having necessary utility and transportation infrastructure in
Communities that meet the minimum standards for each
requirement of the Build-Ready program will drastically reduce the time it
takes a company to select a site, construct a new building and begin
operations. By expediting this timeline and putting companies in operation
faster, communities make their sites more attractive to companies and site
Build-Ready sites receive special
designation on the Cabinet’s SelectKentucky.com
website and other collateral materials that will be marketed around the world.
“This is another great example of
our community and region having a progressive business friendly atmosphere,”
said Rep. Jody Richards, of Bowling Green.
“Any time we have government
working together and using all available resources to help grow Kentucky’s
economy, it is a good thing,” said Sen. Mike Wilson, of Bowling Green. “Bowling
Green has always been business-friendly, and the people here want to work and
contribute. The Build-Ready certification of these two sites shows that the
city and its citizens are willing to do what it takes to make sure they are
“Bowling Green has flourished with
the advancements made at the Kentucky Transpark, and because of programs like
this, we can give even more back to our citizens by proactively helping move
business to the region,” said Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson.
“There really is no better
place to do business than South Central Kentucky,” said Warren County
Judge-Executive Michael Buchanon. “Having a state-of-the-art business park
gives companies that choose to locate here a place to thrive. Taking the steps to
ensure our sites have this special designation makes for more choices and a
faster turnaround bringing new jobs and new business to our hometown.”
Learn more about Build-Ready www. SelectKentucky.com/BuildReady.
detailed community profile for Bowling Green (Warren County) can be viewed here.
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