DeQuincy Mayor Riley Smith announced today that DeQuincy Industrial is now officially a certified site. The mayor made the announcement at a ceremony at City Hall on Wednesday.
The city-owned 50-acre Industrial Park, located next to the airport, earned designation as an official Certified Site under LED’s Site Certification Program. The City hopes this designation will help attract new tenants to the Industrial Park, which is zoned for light industrial or commercial use.
“Our goal is to entice new tenants to this site which will spur economic growth and more local jobs,” said Mayor Smith. “We want to kickstart more activity in that area which should, in turn, serve our community well into the future.”
The Industrial Park in DeQuincy is the 12th certified site in Southwest Louisiana and the ninth in Calcasieu Parish.
“The DeQuincy area is ripe for this type of site development,” said Gus Fontenot, Project Coordinator for the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance. “A ‘shovel-ready’ certified site is an asset that can hopefully lure the kind of activity that will bring new jobs and opportunities to the DeQuincy area,” added Fontenot.
LED administers the Site Certification Program that promotes “shovel ready” sites for businesses to build or locate on. Since 2012, the state’s Site Certification Program has incentivized land owners to get property certified by offering to pay up to 75 percent of the costs associated with the due diligence process. That process includes environmental inspection, elevation surveys, archaeological investigations, a wetlands delineation, and much more in-depth documentation, analysis, and background work. The remaining 25 percent of the costs are covered by the landowner or others.
For more information about Southwest Louisiana’s Site Certification Program, contact Gus Fontenot at The Alliance (337) 433-3632 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance
To streamline economic development efforts throughout the region, the Chamber SWLA, its Foundation, and the SWLA Partnership for Economic Development joined forces in October 2006 to form the SWLA Economic Development Alliance. Since its formation, the Alliance has played an integral role promoting Southwest Louisiana as a great place to live, work, and raise a family. For more information, visit www.allianceswla.org.