Cabinet for Economic Development
Governor Beshear Announces Megasite Certification of 1,551-Acre Industrial Site in Glendale
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (April 12, 2010) – Gov. Steve Beshear today visited the 1,551-acre site located in Glendale to announce the site has been certified as a CSX Megasite. The certification was made by McCallum Sweeney Consulting, a leading site selection consulting firm based in Greenville, S.C.
The evaluation of the Glendale site, which began in 2008, is part of an initiative sponsored by CSX Transportation Inc. and administered by McCallum Sweeney Consulting to identify and evaluate potential sites within the CSX service area suitable for large-scale development projects.
“The distinction of being named a CSX Megasite by McCallum Sweeney Consulting is a tremendous benefit to the Glendale site in Elizabethtown,” said Gov. Beshear. “The site has previously been a finalist in many potential large-scale projects and this new honor will once again put a spotlight on this prime piece of shovel-ready property.”
Property size, access to CSX rail service, proximity to an interstate highway, labor availability, natural gas, wastewater and water infrastructures were all part of the minimum criteria necessary to submit the property for consideration. Additionally, the site had to undergo a thorough and extensive environmental audit and geotechnical assessment. A wetlands delineation was completed and the site was certified free of endangered species. A complete archeological or historical significance assessment was also performed on the entire site.
“The economy will turn, it always does. Those communities that have ‘ready sites’ will have a distinct competitive advantage for companies who must build new capacity quickly while minimizing project start up risks,” said Ed McCallum of McCallum Sweeney Consulting.
“The effort it would take to complete all of the necessary assessments and audits to meet the requirements of the local, state and federal agencies involved is time and cost prohibitive to large companies looking for property in which to locate a project,” said Greg Jenkins, chairman of the board of the Elizabethtown/Hardin County Industrial Foundation. “With this work already completed, we are marketing this area as a shovel-ready site.”
Glendale joins an elite list of less than 15 industrial sites pre-qualified for immediate development by McCallum Sweeney Consulting (MSC) greatly improving the opportunities for attracting potential clients. The sponsorship of the Megasite Certification program by CSX Transportation recognizes the significant importance of the site being rail-served.
“The prestige associated with being one of less than 15 sites receiving MSC’s Megasite Certification identifies our location as being relatively risk free for those projects that may be on a compressed time schedule for development and construction – it essentially validates that we are shovel ready,” said Harry L. Berry, Hardin County Judge Executive.
A detailed community profile for Elizabethtown (Hardin County) can be viewed at http://thinkkentucky.com/EDIS/cmnty/index.aspx?cw=003. Information on Kentucky’s available sites and buildings and economic development programs is available at www.ThinkKentucky.com.