Thursday January 27, 2011
Duke Energy gave a $20,500 grant to Huntington County Economic Development for identification of a new industrial park. To date, seven buildings and over 1.3 million square feet of industrial space have already been backfilled. "Additional industrial sites are needed in the Huntington area," said Laura Sheets, area manager for Duke Energy Indiana's north area. This grant from Duke Energy will pay for a land survey, Phase-One environmental survey, wetlands delineation, and a geotechnical study of the site in hopes of achieving a "site ready" certification. "Site ready" certification will expedite the permitting process for business development.
The grant is made possible through Duke Energy's Community Growth Partnership Grant Program and s aimed at enerating new jobs and capital investment in Indiana. Since 2008, 27 grant recipients-all local or regional economic development organizations- have recieved more than $328,000 toward economic development projects.