“The GRAD designation for this site means that it can truly compete on a global stage for new industry and the accompanying jobs,” said Pat Wilson, Executive Director of Georgia Allies, and COO of the Department of Economic Development. “I fully believe that Rome and Floyd County’s efforts to attain the GRAD status for the North Floyd Industrial Rail Site will be beneficial.”
The GRAD designation indicates that the North Floyd Industrial Rail Site is market-ready. The designation also includes several tools to market the site, including:
- Program benefits on the Georgia Department of Economic Development website
- Highlighted listings on the industrial site databases of major electric utility web sites
- Continued presence on Georgia Allies electronic newsletter targeted to companies and location consultants
- Site awareness for statewide project managers and partners of the Georgia Allies partners
The North Floyd Industrial Rail Site is a 100-acre tract zoned for heavy industrial use. Located in the Shannon area of Floyd County, this industrial park is rail served by Norfolk Southern, includes all utilities and is seven miles from Interstate 75.
“I am proud to be a part of a community that works together to get things done” said Rome City Manager, Sammy Rich. “Like our former city commissioner, Napoleon Fielder, said years ago, ‘working together works’”.
Accelerating the time of speed to market has never been a more critical site selection factor for companies than it is now. Shovel-ready, certified sites that have all of the required zoning, permit approvals and utilities in place is critically important for when corporations are on a fast track to select a facility location.
“The competition is intense at this time in this economy, so it is great that we have this special designation along with 40 other Georgia communities,” said Jimmy Byars, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Greater Rome Chamber and CEO of Hardy Realty.
While GDEcD’s project managers market both GRAD and non-GRAD sites depending on a company’s wish list, a turn-key site can easily give a community a competitive advantage.
“The next step for us is continued marketing to create more jobs and capital investment for our community,” said Mark Eubanks, Chairman of Development Authority of Floyd County.
Heather Seckman, Director of Economic Development at the Chamber coordinated the effort among the local and statewide entities to receive this designation.
Press Release by the Georgia Department of Economic Development