Certified sites and buildings represent an established set of minimum real estate standards among national site selection consultants, corporate real estate professionals and companies seeking to expand or that need a new business location.
Commercial sites in metropolitan areas are already categorized and widely promoted; certifying comparable sites in rural Arizona through this ACA program serve rural communities by enhancing their ability to compete for quality employers.
Through this program Arizona became one of five states in the western U.S., joining California, Oregon, Nevada and Utah, which have implemented similar programs.
For nearly two years we have been working closely with property owners to promote land and buildings that are five acres or 5,000 square feet.
The online portal provides detailed information on the certification level of the site or building, a location map and the site’s readiness for development or occupancy.
Currently there are 18 certified sites in the state of Arizona; seven of those are in Cochise County. Those sites are located in Benson, three sites; Sierra Vista, two sites; Pierce, one site; and in Naco, one site.
The first certified site was in Naco, with the next being RH Davis in Sierra Vista. Recently, Stan Greer Millworks became the first certified building in Sierra Vista.
We have already seen the results of certifying sites — the site in Pierce is in escrow and expected to close by the end of the month. This is a great tool for bringing in new businesses into our county.
Suzanne Eversull a property owner in Benson had this to say, “What a super free service SVEDF offers, in conjunction with the ACA, to give us the opportunity to create an awareness as well as the potential to attract any number of companies from around the world to build their businesses on our gold and silver certified properties in Benson. We could not have done it without them.”
These properties are listed on the Arizona Commerce Authority’s website as well as on the Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundations’ site. Anyone interested in certifying their buildings or land should contact the SVEDF.
By Mignonne Hollis, executive director at the Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation.