The Leesburg Industrial Park recently received site certification from the state, making it more attractive to businesses looking for a place to invest.
Highland County Board of Commissioners Deputy Clerk Nicole Oberrecht said Wednesday the industrial park is now one of only a few in the region that have recieved the certification, part of an economic development program available through the Ohio Development Services Agency to improve visibility for industrial parks and similar sites.
Board president Shane Wilkin said the certification will give the park a “leg up” when businesses are looking for a place to build.
According to the ODSA, the site certification “assures possible investors that the property meets site selection standards and includes the necessary attributes demanded by today’s leading corporations.” As previously reported by The Times-Gazette, the 81-acre industrial park boasts water and sewer lines, electric service, natural gas lines and fiber optics.
According to a state description, “Properties in this program were strategically chosen for their ability to provide optimal infrastructure capabilities and attract economy-shifting investment.”
According to Wilkin, the application process is rigorous and required multiple resubmissions, one of the reasons the Greenfield Industrial Park, which was also in the running for the certification, hit some road blocks in the process. Wilkin told The Times-Gazette he’s not sure when the Greenfield park will be site certified.
In other business, the commissioners appointed Tim Roberts to the Highland County Airport Authority Board to replace Lisa Wishart, who recently resigned. The commissioners also appointed Matthew Roberts to the Highland County Board of Developmental Disabilities, replacing Lynne Patton.
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