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Centerville site recognized as an Iowa Certified Site

Friday, September 15, 2017

September 14, 2017 – (DES MOINES) The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) announced that Centerville Industrial Park is the latest industrial site to achieve certification through the Iowa Certified Sites Program. It joins 17 other sites in the state that have been designated as project-ready.

“Having certified sites in Iowa gives us a tremendous advantage in attracting companies,” said Debi Durham, director of the IEDA. “Though the process of becoming certified is rigorous, the accomplishment will ultimately pay dividends in terms of jobs and prosperity for the state.”

The Centerville Industrial Park – Appanoose Industrial Corporation (AIC) property is accessed via Dewey Road and 230th Avenue.  The site, approximately 67 developable acres and adjacent to an Iowa Southern Railway line, is certified ready for heavy industrial use.  Appanoose Economic Development Corporation worked in conjunction with AIC through the three-step certification process.  The initial application was submitted in the fall of 2014.

“For Appanoose County, having a certified site puts us in a position to be more successful in attracting and landing a new business. Being listed statewide as a certified site makes us even more competitive to companies searching to build. Being in a rural area can be hard at times to give a business a reason to look our way. Now, we are at a competitive advantage,” said Sarah Lind, executive director of the Appanoose Economic Development Corporation.

To address the lack of project-ready industrial sites in the state, the IEDA rolled out the Iowa Certified Sites Program in May 2012. It is an independent, third-party certification program that uses the nationally recognized site selection firm of McCallum Sweeney Consulting as the sole certifying agent. The Iowa Certified Sites Program is designed to consider a combination of national site location standards, as well as Iowa’s natural assets and industry needs of the state’s targeted sectors.

Site certification is one of the fastest growing trends in the site selection business and by introducing certified sites to the market, Iowa is better able to compete for large scale projects. By completing this rigorous process, developers - working closely with local officials, utility partners and consultants - are better prepared to market their sites with specific site-related information and community data. All site due diligence is completed and resulting issues are mitigated, making the site “risk-free”, and, thus, accelerating the development schedule.

Nine subsequent application rounds have been opened since the program was established and six additional sites are currently working through various phases of the program. The next round of applications will be accepted in January 2018 for the following categories:

  • General Industrial Site: 50 - 249 contiguous acres
  • Large Site: 250 – 499 contiguous acres
  • Super Site: 500 – 999 contiguous acres
  • Mega Site: 1,000+ contiguous acres
  • General Industrial Park: 100+ acres with one site ≥ 20 acres
  • Super Park: 500+ acres with one site ≥ 100 acres

For more information about the Iowa Certified Sites Program, visit

Tina Hoffman, Iowa Economic Development Authority
Phone: 515.725.3150, mobile 515.783.8225

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