Site Readiness Services

Site preparedness has become a major focus for many communities and state economic development organizations seeking to gain a competitive edge by having sites that are ready for development. Applying the same principles we use for conducting site selection and due diligence for our corporate clients, Austin Consulting has consulted with various state and regional economic development organizations on site readiness projects.  Over the last 15 years, Austin Consulting has developed and implemented several state and industry-wide comprehensive site certification / readiness programs, including the State of Tennessee’s Select TN Suite of Industrial Site Programs, CSX Transportation’s Select Site Program, CN’s Rail Ready Site Program, and several regional electric utilities.

As a full-service design-build firm, The Austin Company has an experienced in-house team of engineers with the expertise to address specific technical issues that may arise during the site investigation. Our approach is aimed at minimizing development risks by uncovering any obstacles that could potentially delay a project.

Example EDO / Public Sector Services provided include:

  • Site Identification – identification of sites that can accommodate new industrial parks or large-scale industrial projects
  • Site Evaluations – site evaluations to determine development feasibility for targeted industrial users and identify opportunities for improved positioning.
  • Site Certification – comprehensive site evaluation and due diligence to a high standard of preparedness and documentation requirements.
  • Site Development Grants – advising governmental / economic development organizations on competitive grants for development of new industrial sites, site improvements, and infrastructure projects.
  • Rail Readiness – feasibility of the site to accommodate the needs of prospective large rail users.
  • Community Advisory – consulting with local economic development leaders and stakeholders to better understand how site location consultants evaluate their community and education on the importance of smart public investment in site readiness initiatives for local economic development.