Third Roane County Industrial Site ‘Certified’ by State

The Roane Alliance and the Roane Industrial Development Board officials announced today that a third prime industrial site in the county has successfully been certified through the SelectTN state program – the Jones Road site located in the Roane Regional Business & Technology Park.

October 4, 2013

 

The Roane Alliance and the Roane Industrial Development Board officials announced today that a third prime industrial site in the county has successfully been certified through the SelectTN state program – the Jones Road site located in the Roane Regional Business & Technology Park.  

The Jones Road site is the latest site to achieve the coveted site certification in Roane County. The Horizon Center, Development Area 6 – in the Oak Ridge part of the county – and the Cardiff Valley site in the Roane County Industrial Park have already been certified through SelectTN’s first two rounds announced earlier this year.

“In the industrial recruiting world, a certified site is the cream of the crop,” said Leslie Henderson, President/CEO of The Roane Alliance. “These sites have been so thoroughly vetted that industrial site consultants can feel comfortable that they are truly shovel ready.  It was a tremendous investment of time and money over the past year – and I need to give credit to Darrell Williams and Teresa Jackson for carrying the lion’s share of the load – but when the goal is to get an edge over our competition the investment has been well worth it.”

To receive the designation, sites are required to meet rigorous criteria, through a lengthy, detailed process administered for the state by Austin Consulting. Launched by the state department of Economic and Community Development in 2012, the state created the SelectTN program to help Tennessee communities prepare available sites for investment and expansion.

“We are one of only two counties in the state with three certified sites,” Darrell Williams, Alliance Vice President of Business Development, said. “Since a certified site means reduced risk to developers, that makes them rise to the top of the stack, and that is exactly what we’re going for.”

Roane County Executive Ron Woody said, “I am thrilled for Roane County to be the home to three certified sites, including the most recent Jones Road site. I am thankful to the state for its work in recognizing what I’ve said before - Roane County sits in the crossroads of America and is poised to attract the best of business here.”

The due diligence required for a site to achieve this status is considerable.  This is a tremendous achievement for your community and indicative of significant hard work and preparation,” ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty said in his letter to The Roane Alliance.  The steps you have taken to ensure your site is a premier location for site selectors and industrial prospects will position your community for success.”

Brandon Talbert of the Austin Consulting Company said of the most recent certification, “Once again, congratulations and thank you for all of your efforts and persistence towards achieving this important designation.  The careful documentation and disclosures provides the necessary assurances to future endusers that development at the Jones Road Site can commence with littledelay.”

Tennessee State Senator Ken Yager said, “I am delighted that Roane County's industrial preparedness effort is being recognized by the SelectTN certification program. Competitive counties, like Roane, have worked hard to site and build full-service industrial parks.  State certification of the Jones Road site - located in the Roane Regional Business and Technology Park which is already home to over a dozen industries -  is quite a compliment to those efforts and will result in even more jobs.”

          State Representative Kent Calfee said of the certification, ”When The Roane Regional Business & Technology Park opened, many people knew the location was considered prime due to the proximity of two major interstates. I’m very thankful to the staff at The Roane Alliance for continuing that hard working tradition.”

The Roane County Industrial Board is a partner in the Roane Alliance, Roane County’s economic development organization. Other partners include the Roane County Chamber and the Visitor’s Bureau.