"There are currently 24 or so certified sites which is still an exclusive club compared to the hundreds of properties around the state," said George Walley, executive director of the Northeast Missouri Economic Development Council.
"In short, the message to the developer is this is truly a shovel-ready site and the timeline for a client to be in production is as short as it can be," added Walley
If the goal of being designated a certified site is achieved, a secondary goal would also be reached.
"In our business of marketing the property and community, site consultants make clear to us that their job is more a task of elimination than selection.
The goal is to make the short list for a site visit," said Walley
"In face-to-face interviews with these consultants, I have heard them say that they will often keep a community on the list, even if all the requirements of the project are not quite perfect, if the site is certified because they know that certification means the best project timeline and the least unknown information."
The process of preparing the certified site application, which is due by the end of October, began in August 2013 as part of a scope of work included in a contract the BPW
hired Klingner & Associates
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originally recommended we go through this site certification exercise," said Stevenson.
is more bullish in his
optimism regarding the application's chances in Jefferson City.
"I have no doubt that it will be approved," he