“This would enable us to be on page one, so to speak,” SEEDA Chairman John Heath said.
At its most basic level, the program provides for a property evaluation by South Carolina-based McCallum Sweeney Consulting who then makes a determination on whether to certify the site as project-ready.
Properties that move though the process and are ultimately granted certification are subsequently marketed by McCallum Sweeney to a large number of interested developers.
During a discussion of the matter Tuesday, Briggs said the initiative would complement recent efforts by the city to expand infrastructure and provide redundant utilities to areas with a potential for industrial development.
Last month, SEEDA approved a policy giving priority to private realtors when it comes to marketing and selling its property.
In order to purchase SEEDA property, interested buyers must now prove they considered privately listed property but that it did not meet their specific requirements.
While the certification process would only apply to SEEDA-owned properties at the High Tech Business Park, board members said the entire city stands to benefit from the potential spotlight.
“I think it opens up the door above and beyond what that site certification would convey,” Heath said.
Despite the risk involved with investing in the evaluation process, Briggs said he believed the property would be approved, given its existing infrastructure and ongoing plans to install redundant utilities.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, SEEDA representatives made plans to begin the second phase of a comprehensive study of the area’s career and technical education training assets.
That project is funded by a combination of SEEDA funds, city funds and grant funds from the Wyoming Business Council.
A preliminary draft of the project’s first phase — the phase that focused primarily on taking stock of the area’s assets — has been completed and is currently under review by the board.
Work on the second phase is set to begin in the coming weeks.
It will focus largely on determining how area industries and institutions might best adapt to changing economic times.