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State Certifies Hickory Industrial Park In Graves County, Kentucky, as Build-Ready

A site state certified as Build-Ready in Graves County, Kentucky’s Hickory Industrial Park is the latest in a series of locations offering a fast-track to slice months off new-facility construction.

According to Governor Steve Beshear’s Office, the 15-acre site, about 5 miles north of Mayfield, includes a pad prepared specifically for an industrial and office facility of up to 125,000 square feet. Its Build-Ready certification takes care of required permits and studies, as well as ensures infrastructure and utilities extend to the site.

“Certification by Kentucky’s Build-Ready Program signals to companies they can select, build and open a business quickly and efficiently. Employers looking to add new production locations, and the consultants who advise them, can do no better than to consider our stock of Build-Ready certified sites offered by forward-thinking communities such as Graves County,” Governor Beshear said.

Kentucky now offers six Build-Ready sites. Other Build-Ready sites include tracts in the Highland Glen Industrial Park in Barren County, the Bluegrass Crossings Regional Business Centre in Ohio County, the 4 Star Regional Industrial Park in Henderson, and two in Bowling Green’s Kentucky Transpark.

Build-Ready means a site includes a pad 50,000 square feet or greater, expandable to 100,000 square feet or more, utilities extended to an edge of the site, and the necessary permits and studies are in place including water, building, phase-1 environmental, archeological, historical and geotechnical.

“On a Build-Ready site, construction can begin almost immediately. Certification provides an advantage because the owner already accomplished most requirements,” said Mandy Lambert, Business Development Commissioner at the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.

“That’s important since companies want quick turnaround – from the initial decision to build to the ribbon-cutting at opening. Our Build-Ready Program gives Kentucky the upper hand in competing with other states for those jobs and investments,” Lambert said.

Ryan Drane, president of Graves County Economic Development said, "this Build-Ready designation signals to prospective companies that both Graves County and the State of Kentucky understand the importance of time and preparation in the site selection process. By investing our resources in advance, the company can shave months off its construction schedule and begin hiring employees, making their product and securing profits in record time."

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