CEP participates in Duke Energy Site Readiness Program

Posted on: May 10, 2016

The CEP responded to an extensive request for proposal on a 456-acre property adjacent to I-75 with access to Highway 318 and one mile from Highway 441. This response was followed by a site visit by McCallum Sweeney Consulting, a nationally-recognized site selection firm, who evaluated and prepared recommendations for the site. Heidt Design, a Tampa-based planning and engineering firm, provided a conceptual plan for the site.
It was recommended that the property, known as Sunny Oaks, should be used for manufacturing, logistics/distribution and emerging technologies.
  “Duke partnered with McCallum Sweeney beginning in 2005 to increase the competitiveness of our communities through site, or product, development and to ensure an inventory of ready sites to spur economic growth. Through the Duke Energy Site Readiness program we have evaluated 190 sites, and as a result, our communities have landed 4,400 new jobs on Duke Site Readiness sites and realized $3.5 billion in new capital investment,” said Marc Hoenstine, Director, Economic Development.
The Duke Energy Site Readiness Program is fully funded by Duke Energy. The goal of this program is to increase the inventory of prime industrial sites throughout its service territories and to advance the state of readiness of these sites. It is not a “site certification” process, but rather a program to help local economic development organizations find and prepare potential sites for future investment.
“As demonstrated by the presentation from MSC, it is imperative that communities are constantly working to develop new product to remain competitive in attracting new businesses,” said Ken Ausley, CEP Chairman of the Board. “This study demonstrates the strengths of this community and aides us in preparing for future success.”

The Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership was created to be a one-stop hub for the community’s business attraction, creation and retention efforts. The CEP’s mission is to be THE catalyst for a prosperous community. The Moving Forward plan seeks to impact the creation of 3500 new jobs with wages 15% above the county average and resulting in a capital investment of $225 million by 2018. 

For more information, visit:  www.OcalaCEP.com

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