NEWS RELEASE: Charles City site recognized as an Iowa Certified Site

January 7, 2020

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Kanan Kappelman
Iowa Economic Development Authority, 515.348.6248

Charles City site recognized as an Iowa Certified Site

January 7, 2020 (Des Moines) – Today, Lt. Governor Adam Gregg joined Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Finance Authority Director Debi Durham and officials from Charles City to announce the latest industrial property to achieve Iowa Certified Site Program certification. The Avenue of the Saints Development Park is the 29th in the state to receive this project-ready designation.

“Gov. Reynolds and I applaud Charles City and the Charles City Area Development Corporation for their leadership and vision in the development of this site,” said Lt. Governor Gregg. “This recognition builds on our administration’s goal of expanding opportunities in all corners of Iowa. With its excellent location, availability of a skilled workforce and quality-of-place community amenities, Charles City is primed for success.”

The Charles City site is located south of the city and is immediately adjacent to the Hwy. 218 – Avenue of the Saints interchange for easy transportation access. The 75-acre property is zoned as a general manufacturing district and would be ideal for mid-to-heavy industrial users.

“The Avenue of the Saints Development Park in Charles City, Iowa, is one of the most marketable certified sites in the Midwest,” said Timothy Fox, executive director of the Charles City Area Development Corporation. “It possesses immediate four-lane highway access, existent sufficient infrastructure capacities and an economically competitive and progressive community.”

Site certification remains one of the fastest growing trends in the site selection business, and by introducing certified sites to the market, Iowa is better able to compete for projects. In fact, Iowa has attracted more than $850 million in capital investment to-date due to the availability of these development-ready sites. Site selection is a rigorous process that ensures developers – working closely with local officials, utility partners and consultants – are better prepared to market their sites with specific site-related information and community data. Additionally, all the site due diligence is completed, and plans are in place to address any issues, meaning sites are relatively “risk-free” and the timeline to development is reduced.

The Iowa Certified Site Program was launched by IEDA in 2012 to address the lack of project-ready industrial sites in the state. It is an independent, third-party certification program that uses the nationally recognized site selection firm Quest Site Solutions as the certifying agent. The Iowa Certified Site Program is designed to consider a combination of national site location standards, as well as Iowa’s natural assets and the needs of the state’s targeted industry sectors. In addition to the 29 sites certified, two additional sites are currently working through various phases of the program. The next certification round opens this week on January 9.

For more information about the Iowa Certified Site Program, visit


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