Birmingham, AL — Interstate Industrial Park has received AdvantageSite Re-Designation for another four years. The park is located along I-65 in Montgomery. The total acreage of the industrial park is 700 acres with 350 acres still available. Two projects have located in the industrial park since receiving AdvantageSite designation.
The AdvantageSite program requires that community economic development organizations provide documentation specific to a proposed industrial site, including a set of standard data related to ownership/control, environmental and geotechnical conditions, and infrastructure status. Sites must also meet size, zoning and accessibility requirements.
“The AdvantageSite designation of Interstate Industrial Park is extremely important to our business recruitment efforts,” said Ellen McNair, Senior Vice President of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce. “This designation proves to our clients that this site is ready for any prospective industry, and that we are able to meet short project timeframes.”
“Sites that are awarded the AdvantageSite designation do have an advantage,” said Greg Blalock, EDPA AdvantageSite coordinator. “We’re getting inquiries from other state economic development organizations that are looking at creating similar programs for a reason – they’re effective. There is value in a site having a formal designation. It is visible evidence that a site has been looked at by a third party, or in this case, multiple parties, who can confirm that essential information on the site is readily available and correct.”
“The AdvantageSite program and the growing list of designated sites are beginning to gain some very positive exposure. One company recently cited the program as a positive factor in its decision to locate in Alabama. We’re convinced that the program will aid in bringing positive results for other sites, including Interstate Industrial Park.”
AdvantageSite is a teamwork approach between the private sector and state and local governments geared toward having prepared product and materials ready for industrial prospects. The program is jointly sponsored by the Alabama Department of Commerce, Spire, Alabama Power Co., the North Alabama Industrial Development Association, PowerSouth Energy Cooperative, and coordinated by the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama. Representatives from each of the entities actively participate in application reviews and on-site visits to prospective AdvantageSite designees.
The voluntary industrial site preparedness program was created in order to make the state more competitive for companies considering a location in Alabama. AdvantageSites are featured on EDPA’s buildings and sites database, the statewide database of industrial buildings and sites used by site selection consultants, state economic developers, and companies looking to expand in Alabama. AdvantageSite is a voluntary industrial site preparedness program created in order to make the state more competitive for companies considering a location in Alabama.
For more information on the AdvantageSite program, please visit www.edpa.org/about-us/advantagesite/