The rules for South Dakota’s Certified Ready Sites program was approved in November by the Interim Rules Review Committee, and will be come active in mid-December.
“This is great news for economic development in South Dakota,” said Pat Costello, GOED Commissioner. “Having Certified Ready Sites in South Dakota is really going to help expedite the site selection process, reduce risk to incoming or expanding companies, and provide us with another useful tool to market our state with."
The development of the program has been two years in the making and six entities have been selected as pilot sites. Those entities are Brandon, the Ellsworth Authority, Kadoka, Miller, Spearfish and Watertown.
Sites will be certified with one of the following four designations: Heavy Industrial, Light Industrial, Business Services/Research and Development, or Rural Business Parks. Additionally, an applicant can also achieve designation as a Tier 1 or Tier 2 site in each of the classifications.
To qualify, applicants must be a political subdivision of the state. This could include counties, cities, townships, planning districts and business improvement districts. There is no fee to submit an application, and applications will be accepted twice a year. The deadlines for 2012 are May 1 and Nov. 1.