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(September 22, 2014) PLAINFIELD, Ind. — Duke Energy Indiana has selected a 90-acre parcel of land near Bloomington in Monroe County to participate in the utility’s 2014 Site Readiness Program. The parcel is located near the intersection of State Road 37 and Fullerton Pike.
The Site Readiness Program is a key component of Duke Energy’s economic development model. It identifies, evaluates, and improves industrial sites in the company’s service territory for potential industrial development.
“Duke Energy has partnered with Monroe County economic development officials and the local community for many years, and we look forward to working with them on this project,” said Bruce Calloway, Duke Energy Indiana community relations manager for Monroe County. “Now in its second year, our Site Readiness Program has a proven track record in helping bring economic development to the areas we serve.”
As part of Duke Energy’s evaluation of the Monroe County property, top site-selection consultant McCallum Sweeney Consulting will conduct a comprehensive assessment. Duke Energy will collaborate with county leaders and local economic development professionals to develop a strategy for providing water, sewer, natural gas and electricity to the site.
The parties may also recommend 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.
“The Duke Energy Site Readiness Program strengthens our ongoing efforts to attract quality jobs to Monroe County,” said Dana Palazzo, project manager for the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation. “We’re grateful for Duke Energy’s commitment to our community’s growth and success.”
Other sites selected for the Duke Energy Indiana 2014 Site Readiness Program include:
- A 150-acre site in Whiteland (Johnson Co.), near Exit 95 off of Interstate 65
- A 130-acre site in Crawfordsville (Montgomery Co.), at the intersection of County Road 200 South and Nucor Road
- A 185-acre site in Shelbyville (Shelby Co.), at the intersection of State Road 44 and Interstate 74
Ideal properties for Duke Energy’s Site Readiness Program are 60 acres or larger, served by the utility, which can be a single site for a large facility or a potential industrial park (multi-tenant site).
Duke Energy’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.”
For more information about Duke Energy Indiana’s economic development programs, visit www.locationindiana.com.
Duke Energy Indiana’s operations provide about 7,500 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 800,000 customers in a 23,000-square-mile service area, making it the state’s largest electric supplier.
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at: www.duke-energy.com.