Jul 25, 2012

Edgerton business park deemed shovel-ready


Excerpted from Janesville Gazette
By Jim Leute

Rock County now has its third shovel-ready business park, and one economic development official said it’s just a matter of time before companies start building on the properties.

Rock County 5.0 announced today that Edgerton’s Business Park has earned the Ady-Austin consulting group’s shovel-ready designation.

Edgerton joins Beloit and Janesville as Wisconsin’s only, third party certified shovel-ready industrial/distribution sites, said James Otterstein, Rock County’s economic development manager.

Rock County is considered a leader in the shovel-ready movement. The state is working on a similar program, “Ready, Set, Build,” which has yet to certify any sites in Wisconsin.

The Edgerton park has 42 acres of land certified as shovel-ready.

Because Rock County 5.0 has done the certification work, prospects could start construction in as few as 30 days and avoid a six- to eight-month delay while they pay someone else to certify the property.

In addition, prospects can use a full suite of tools Rock County 5.0 offers at each of the sites, including an online portfolio of six building designs that meets building codes and the requirements of the county’s three shovel-ready industrial parks.

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