Industrial site gets special designation

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Select Tennessee rating could help bring jobs to the area

By Cindy Simpson

A prime parcel in the Roane County Industrial Park made the Select Tennessee program.

The 44-acre site was not only receiving the coveted certification but also given a “plus” designation.

“The state will personally premiere that site on the Select Tennessee website. Basically it puts our parcel out front of others because of certification. Major site selectors across the country and world will look at our site first,” said Darrell Williams, vice president of business development for The Roane Alliance.

“Select Tennessee ensures that Tennessee sites and in our case Roane County sites meet a consistent and rigorous set of standards.

Certified sites can be marketed as ready for development,” Williams said.

He said other communities can use Select Tennessee sites as models for their own industrial properties.

Select Tennessee was launched in June 2012 to help Tennessee communities prepare available sites for investment and expansion, according to a press release from state Rep. Ron Travis, who represents parts of West Roane County.

Williams said a lot of work has went into getting the site qualified for Select Tennessee certification.

“It is our prime parcel in Roane County Industrial Park,” Williams said.

About 25 acres of the 44 acres are developable.

Williams said it took about a year’s worth of work to earn the designation. That included surveying, environmental analysis, core drilling and reports on utilities and future utilities.

Most work was done in house, but the Alliance also had help from TVA Economic Development, local utilities and the engineering group McGill Associates.

Travis’ news release called the program “a consistent and rigorous standard upon which companies can rely in making critical location decisions.”

“The Select Tennessee program assists companies looking to expand to our area by preparing potential business sites to meet the immediate needs of their operations,” said Travis. “I am thankful to the Department of Economic and Community Development for their commitment to Roane County, and I look forward to working with officials over the coming months to make this important designation a success.”

Eleven sites across the state have been named Select Tennessee Certified Sites. The program accepts applications twice a  year, with the next round submitted in January 2014.

For more information about the program visit www.SelectTennessee.com.