Technology park in Whitewater becomes certified 'shovel ready'

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Gazette staff
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

WHITEWATER—A Whitewater technology park has received certification that will let businesses or developers know the land is ready and available for use, according to a city news release.

The Certified in Wisconsin Program, which partners with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and Deloitte Consulting, helps create “shovel ready” properties, which now include the Whitewater University Technology Park, according to the release.

The park joins 15 other sites statewide.

The certification process addresses a wide range of concerns for businesses and developers, including utility and infrastructure capacity, zoning property rights, transportation access and that the site is ready for industrial development.

The certification program, created in 2012, has seen 17 development projects completed or underway on 10 of the 16 sites, according to the release. The projects are expected to create "more than 1,600 jobs and generate more than $315 million in capital investment when completed.”

The 35-acre Whitewater site is expected to house businesses that collaborate with the city and university, which is less than a mile away, according to the release.

“I know that property managers searching for industrial land want to minimize their risks,” said Jeffery Knight, chairman of the Whitewater Community Development Authority. “They can be assured that when they look at Whitewater there is certainty, and what they get is the best the state has to offer.”

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