Tag: Site Selectors

Leaders from Radius region visit Indianapolis for site selector trip

BEDFORD, Ind. (Dec. 20, 2021) — Economic development leaders from Radius Indiana shared information and insights about the southern Indiana region last week as part of an educational session in Indianapolis.

The session was part of Radius’s continued outreach program to raise awareness about business strengths and opportunities in the eight-county region. Radius President and CEO Jeff Quyle, other Radius staff members, and four economic development leaders from Dubois, Lawrence, Martin, and Orange counties joined Quyle to discuss the latest news about the regional economy.

The site selector luncheon hosted by Radius was so beneficial,” said Angie Risacher, executive director for Martin County Alliance. “This last year, other LEDOs and I were only able to hold an online presence with these tremendously important points of contact. With Radius organizing this for our region, we were able to have those direct conversations across the table from a site selector who can match up the right opportunities to our counties.”

The leaders from southern Indiana had the opportunity to showcase their county accomplishments as well as highlight the main industries in their area. Radius showcased a number of new workforce training, upskilling, and attraction initiatives underway in the region.

Site selectors in attendance offered useful insights regarding the resumption of activity in recent months as companies are urgently seeking to add production capacity The Radius team heard a confirmation that the availability of labor is a key element of business site searches today, as well as reports that workforce recruitment initiatives are incentives that are catching the eye of companies conducting site searches.

“It is essential in our economic development profession to discuss best practices and policy updates at events such as the annual Radius Indiana luncheon,” said Eric Levenhagen, senior manager for RSM, who was one of the guests who participated in the luncheon conversations.

This is the fifth annual Indianapolis site selector event and is the latest in a series of regional and national visits Radius Indiana has facilitated on behalf of the eight-county region since starting this program in 2016. The outreach efforts will continue into 2022, with sessions scheduled in Columbus, Chicago, Cleveland, and Louisville.

We appreciated the opportunity to hear the site selectors’ insights on the robust growth they are seeing among their business clientele,” Quyle said. “The opportunities the Radius region communities have to offer a variety of recruitment tools and incentives seem to have made an impression on our guests.


ABOUT RADIUS INDIANA: Radius Indiana is a regional economic development partnership representing eight counties in Southern Indiana: Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Orange, and Washington. Formed in 2009, Radius Indiana also serves as a point of contact in Indiana for Naval Support Activity Crane and leads regional collaboration by leveraging the diverse assets of the region to drive attraction, retention and expansion of business, thereby increasing employment and investment opportunities and quality of life within the region.


Two Daviess County Locations Earn Site Certification

WASHINGTON, Ind. (Jan. 12, 2021) — Two prime business development sites in Washington, Indiana, have received Gold and Silver Site Certifications. They are the latest regional locations to take advantage of a site certification program through the Daviess County Economic Development Corp. (DCEDC) and Radius Indiana’s partnership with Verisite.

Verisite Site Certification gives companies and site selectors the assurance the sites are ready for expedited development and that all needed documentation and data has been compiled and verified, resulting in cost savings and speed to market for new industrial and/or commercial construction.

Located at the intersection of Interstate 69 and Highway 50, the 47-acre and 183-acre greenfield sites offer prime locations for future industrial or commercial development. Both sites benefit from the condition and accessibility of existing infrastructure within close proximity, established local development ordinances, and aggressive local, regional, and state level incentives. The locations have access to critical utility infrastructure needed to establish state of the art facilities, as evidenced by M&C Tech establishing their first manufacturing operations in the community and most recently True Rx Management Services.

“With our strategic location along I-69 and alignment at the state, regional, and local levels, Washington and Daviess County offer tremendous advantages for new and expanding industry.  By partnering with Radius, the Indiana Municipal Power Agency, and the Verisite team, we are eliminating many of the unknowns in the development process and positioning ourselves to move at rapid speed when the opportunity presents itself,” said Bryant Niehoff.

In addition to the physical site attributes, DCEDC and Radius Indiana requested Verisite’s support to identify the community and workforce assets that contribute to potential opportunities for future development. The sites are eligible for multiple local incentive programs and have connections to a myriad of workforce development initiatives underway in the region.

“Radius recognized the tremendous opportunity the Washington interstate sites offered to businesses ready to construct new facilities. We felt that working with DCEDC and Verisite together gave answers to the questions that savvy businesses would ask,” said Jeff Quyle.

The Verisite program creates opportunities for excellent locations, like Daviess County, Indiana, to continue to capitalize on momentum around growth and innovation.  “We commend Daviess County and the region for being proactive in their site development efforts. Communities that understand speed to market and the importance of mitigating risk, are well-positioned to win site selection projects”, said Leslie Wagner, Senior Principal, Ginovus.

Verisite offers a comprehensive site certification program evaluating greenfield sites, data centers, brownfields, and existing buildings. The proprietary program creates a narrative around in-depth market research and analyzes human capital components in order to provide business decision-makers with reliable data.

Verisite is the result of a partnership with Ginovus, Plaka + Associates, and the Veridus Group that brings considerable industry experience in economic development, site selection, and engineering. Together these tenured firms designed and built the proprietary process for Verisite site certification to finally establish universal definitions and designations for site certification. This offers a modern, trustworthy standard for property owners, developers, and communities that utilizes a consistent and standardized set of criteria to determine all aspects of a site’s readiness for development.