Duke Energy Indiana recently selected two sites in the state, in Bloomington and Terre Haute, for its 2016 Site Readiness Program, which will develop plans and provide a $10,000 grant to help the sites bring businesses and jobs into their communities.
“We want to facilitate economic development
that brings jobs and increased prosperity to the communities we serve,” Erin Schneider, Duke Energy Indiana's director of economic development, said. “We
anticipate working hand-in-hand with our longtime economic-development
partners to bring added value to these two communities.”
The sites are a 53-acre parcel in Bloomington near the Monroe County Airport
and a 49-acre parcel at Terre Haute International Airport.
Through Duke’s Site Readiness Program, the company selects sites – either 40-acre plots or vacant industrial buildings of at least 20,000 square feet – then works with consultants to determine how the site can best be outfitted for water, sewer, natural gas, telecommunications and electricity services. The program also works to develop any necessary plans for road improvements and mitigating environmental impacts, among other factors. When the planning stages are complete, Duke Energy provides $10,000 grants for the sites, allowing economic-development organizations from each county to implement then, then help the communities attract companies expanding or relocating their operations.