Office of Community and Rural Affairs Designates Warren County as Indiana Site Certified Prime

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WARREN COUNTY – The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) announces the designation of Bowman Business Park, located in Pine Village, as Indiana Site Certified (ISC) Prime.

The ISC certification program validates sites that are ready for economic development. The Indiana Site Certified Prime, which builds upon the Gold tier by requiring 30 contiguous acres, a location no more than 2.5 miles from a state highway, and an archaeological investigation. In addition, the LUG, LEDO or REDO must own the property or an option must be held with the owner.

“Warren County’s ISC designation exemplifies their commitment to economic development in their region,” said OCRA Executive Director Bill Konyha. “The State of Indiana is pleased to partner with the community in attracting business growth and creating a quality of place that is relevant in the 21st century.”

The Bowman Business Park is located six miles from U.S. 41, outside the southeast corner of Pine Village. It can be reached via Indiana State Road 26 in just 20 minutes from the West Lafayette campus of Purdue University. According to their application, the site could be used for the development of agriculture bioscience projects.

“A lot of time and investment went into readying the park, and the Warren County Economic Development made significant investments to ensure success of the project,” said Warren County Economic Development Director Steve Eberly. “We were assisted by the Kankakee Iroquois Regional Planning Council as we enhanced local utilities. It’s gratifying to see it all come together, and we appreciate how Indiana’s government is working to preserve and grow small rural communities through programs such as OCRA’s Indiana Site Certified program.”

Indiana Site Certified is led by OCRA in partnership with the state’s Fast Access Site Team (FAST), which is comprised of multiple state agencies including the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC).

The goal of the ISC program is to assist Indiana cities and towns:

  • Illustrate the communities‘ commitment to economic growth
  • Mitigate risks for businesses who want to locate or expand their operations in Indiana
  • Serve as a marketing tool to promote sites that are ready for development

For more information regarding the tiers and general programmatic parameters, please visit the Indiana Site Certified webpage.

Communities of any size may apply for the designation through OCRA. Applications for certification are accepted on a rolling basis. The first step is to contact your regionally based OCRA Community Liaison who will be able to offer current program details, evaluate readiness to proceed and provide application instructions.

Media Contact:
Emily Duncan
Public Relations Director
Office of Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann
(317) 471-9048

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