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Henderson County is home to state’s first Build-Ready site

Site is served by power plant, water and sewage plants

ROBARDS, Ky. (Oct. 27, 2014) — Gov. Steve Beshear today joined community leaders to announce that Henderson County is home to the first industrial site to be officially certified under Kentucky’s new Build-Ready program.

build readyBuild-Ready, launched by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development earlier this year, is a cost-effective way for communities to distinguish their list of available industrial sites to meet the needs of today’s site selectors.

In addition to shovel-ready sites and pre-existing buildings, communities now have the option of proactively preparing and marketing land to potential companies without assuming all the risk and cost of constructing a building.

“The Build-Ready program is a win-win for communities and companies,” Beshear said. “Build-Ready is intended to give communities an advantage in attracting new businesses. With Build-Ready, all the obstacles have been removed and the red tape has been cut so businesses can start construction right away, drastically shortening the time it takes to be operational.”

The 52-acre site is located within the 4-Star Industrial Park off Interstate 69. The park, which is jointly owned by Henderson, McLean, Union and Webster counties, is served by an adjacent power plant, water and sewage plants.

With a Build-Ready site, much of the work – other than actual construction – has already been completed. That includes having community control of the land to be developed, preparing a building pad (prepared ground/soil/environmental studies), conducting preliminary design work, including project costs and construction timeframes, obtaining approved site plan permits and having necessary utility and transportation infrastructure in place.