What is the Alabama AdvantageSite program?
Simply stated, the AdvantageSite program confirms that documentation critical to the site selection process is ready for prospective industry.
It is a voluntary program that allows communities to demonstrate that due diligence has been done on the designated site. However, this does not imply that other properties in the state do not meet the same criteria – designated sites have simply undergone a vetting process to show that important information is readily available.
Alabama recognizes that site location decisions require detailed information and shorter deadlines. Our economic development team knows that companies seeking to locate a new facility are allowing less time for site selection, site development and project construction. To meet the needs of industry, Alabama’s economic development community is working to designate an inventory of industrial sites with sufficient site documentation for accurate, timely project evaluation.
What are the general requirements for a site to receive the AdvantageSite designation?
- Recognized local economic development entity
- Applicant or other recognized economic development entity must document ownership/control of the site
- Site must be marketable for a minimum of two years (the length of designation)
- Minimum of 25 developable acres in a prepared industrial park or 50 developable acres not located in an industrial park
- Accessible, at a minimum, by a two-lane, paved public roadway
- Zoning for the site clearly permits industrial land uses or, where no zoning exists, an industrial use compatible with existing land uses in the vicinity
- Local government must support industrial use of the property
Environmental and Geotechnical Due Diligence
- Public water and wastewater: Documentation of status. (Where service is not at the site, preliminary plans, cost estimates, and timelines are required)
- Electric power: Documentation of status
- Natural gas: Where natural gas is available, documentation of status
- Telecommunications: Documentation regarding the location, extent and quality of service
- Phase I Environmental Site Assessment
- Preliminary wetlands assessment
- Preliminary geotechnical exploration
- Information concerning rare or endangered species, archeological findings or sites with historical concerns
What is the process?
Following a consultation meeting designed to help applicants determine whether or not a site can meet the minimum criteria, eligible applicants will submit a full, detailed questionnaire, which will be evaluated by a review team.
Sites that meet all criteria will then receive a site visit from members of the team, who may then award the designation to sites that have passed both paper and visual inspections.
Once a site has received AdvantageSite designation, the site will keep the designation for two years, provided that the site continues to meet the criteria and the applicant complies with the reporting requirements.
Applicants can apply to renew sites at the close of the two-year period.
Here are some helpful documents:
Advantage Site Requirements
Advantage Site - Getting Ready
Advantage Site Process
For further information on the application process, contact program administrator Tammy Radmard at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (205) 943-4720.
- March 7, 2011 - Guin Interstate 22 Industrial Site receives AdvantageSite designation
- January 13, 2010 - Interstate Business Park receives AdvantageSite designation
- January 19, 2010 - Fayette Industrial Park No. 2 receives AdvantageSite designation
- February 3, 2010 - Troy Industrial Park South receives AdvantageSite designation
- March 19, 2010 - Shoals Research Airpark site receives AdvantageSite designation
- April 28, 2010 - Jasper Industrial Park receives AdvantageSite designation
- May 11, 2010 - Chambers County Industrial Park South site receives AdvantageSite designation
- June 15, 2010 - Monroeville Industrial Park East receives AdvantageSite designation
- June 28, 2010 - Jefferson Metropolitan Park Lakeshore receives AdvantageSite designation
- August 28, 2010 - Virginia Station Phase I receives AdvantageSite designation
- August 29, 2010 - Auburn Techonology Park West receives AdvantageSite designation
- November 22, 2010 - Montgomery's Interstsate Industrial Park receives AdvantageSite designation
- January 8, 2009 - South Dallas Godwin Site receives AdvantageSite designation
- January 22, 2009 - Gadsden Airport Industrial Park receives AdvantageSite designation
- May 6, 2009 - Florence-Lauderdale Industrial Park receives AdvantageSite designation
- June 25, 2009 - Cooperative District of Winston County receives AdvantageSite designation
- August 25, 2009 - Jefferson Metropolitan Park McCalla received AdvantageSite designation
- September 25, 2009 - NE Opelika Industrial Park of Lee County receives AdvantageSite designation
- October 9, 2009 - Yancey Parker Industrial Park - Phase II receives AdvantageSite designation
- December 7, 2009 - Conners Island Business Park receives AdvantageSite designation
- May 28, 2008 - Jackson County Industrial Park becomes first "AdvantageSite"
- July 11, 2008 - Winfield Industrial Site receives AdvantageSite designation
- October 28, 2008 - MG Industrial Park, Franklin Co. receives AdvantageSite designation
- November 12, 2008 - Cullman Industrial Park IV receives AdvantageSite designation
- December 12, 2008 - Rogersville Industrial Park receives AdvantageSite designation
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