Articel from the Danville Register and Bee | Written by John Crane
Southside Virginia has the most shovel-ready industrial sites in the state, thanks to recent upgrades in classification for numerous pieces of land.
A total of 19 sites in Danville and Pittsylvania County were bumped up from tier-two to tier-four or tier-five sites under classification by the Virginia Business Ready Sites Program, said Linda Green, executive director of the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance.
“Southside Virginia leads the commonwealth in the number of prepared sites, one of the reasons for the success they are achieving in business attraction,” the alliance stated in a news release last week. “The strategy by local elected officials, government and economic development staff to keep an inventory of ready sites that serve diverse industries leads to sites that are ready to market for prospects who need to ensure that the risks of building on the sites have been assessed and minimized.”
The Cyber Park, along with other industrial parks in Danville and Pittsylvania County, contains at least one site that recently received upgrades in its classification for shovel-readiness under the Virginia Business Ready Sites Program.
Of the 19 sites that went up in classification in Danville and Pittsylvania County, 15 went from tier two to tier four, and four went from tier two to tier five, Green said. Those sites total 665 acres.
Also, eight sites in Halifax County and one in Patrick County received upgrades. Those two localities are also served by the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance.
The Southern Virginia Regional Alliance’s service region has worked with the engineering firms of Dewberry and Reynolds and Clark (now Hurt & Proffitt) to complete right-of-way and engineering and building for reliable, redundant and abundant sites across the region.
The Virginia Business Ready Sites Program was developed by a group of engineering firms and consulting firms to look at what it takes to have sites shovel-ready, or prepared for companies to locate there.
The program has a five-tiered system of classifying the readiness of industrial sites in a Virginia locality.
A tier-one site is one that has just been identified for development and has no sales price.