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To obtain the Certified Sites designation, communities must undergo a stringent review process that demonstrates that they have addressed 31 prerequisites including:

  • Business/industrial use designation
  • Phase I environment audits
  • Geo-technical studies
  • Topographical analysis and maps
  • Aerial photography
  • Availability of public utilities
  • Industrial power quality
  • Engineered site development plans
  • Detailed analysis of development cost
  • Complete information on pricing

North Carolina’s Certified sites are equipped with all the information companies and site selectors need to develop detailed timelines for development, construction and completion, budgeting, cost control, risk mitigation and planning. 

The Certified Sites Steering Committee generally meets on the fourth Wednesday of every other month of the year, starting in February.  A calendar of meetings for 2017 is: 

  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017
  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017
  • Wednesday, June 28, 2017
  • Wednesday, August 23,2017
  • Wednesday, October 25, 2017
  • December 2017 (TBD)

All documentation for the Steering Committee to review must be submitted three weeks prior to the meeting of the Steering Committee. 

Click here for a complete copy of the N.C. Certified Sites Program guidelines.