PLAINFIELD, Ind. – Duke Energy has selected a 66-acre site in Boone County as one of six sites chosen for participation in the company’s 2018 Site Readiness Program. The site is located near the intersection of Creek Way and 106th Street in Zionsville inside the Creekside Corporate Park.
The Site Readiness Program identifies, evaluates and improves sites in the company’s service territory for potential industrial development.
“Economic development and job growth are important factors in building successful and sustainable communities,” said Erin Schneider, director of economic development for Duke Energy Indiana. “We recognize our obligation to help local areas become prosperous and more secure to support long-term growth.”
“We are excited for this opportunity to partner with the town of Zionsville in marketing Creekside Corporate Park,” said Molly Whitehead, executive director of the Boone Economic Development Corp. “Creekside is a unique business park in the central Indiana region. We appreciate our partners at Duke Energy working with us to improve our strategy for this area.”
A national site-consulting firm will make development suggestions based on its comprehensive assessment. Those recommendations could include road improvements, easements and rights-of-way that would be required to develop the site as well as steps necessary to mitigate any potential environmental impacts. Banning Engineering will produce final drawings and conceptual site plans.
After local officials see the consultant’s final recommendations later this year, Duke Energy will present a $10,000 check to help implement the recommendations.
Ideal properties for Duke Energy’s Site Readiness Program are typically 40 acres or larger served by the utility, or a vacant industrial building at least 20,000 square feet identified to support renewed industrial growth and sustainable development in a community.
Duke Energy Indiana’s overall economic development program has also been consistently named by Site Selection magazine as one of the nation’s “Top 10 Utility Economic Development Programs.” Since 2008, the company has participated in the creation of nearly 20,000 jobs and total capital investment of approximately $4.5 billion.
For more information about Duke Energy Indiana’s economic development programs, visit locationindiana.com.