Criteria for Certifying Local Sites

To obtain the Certified Sites designation, communities must undergo a stringent review process that demonstrates 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. 

Steering Committee Meetings

The Certified Sites Steering Committee generally meets on the fourth Wednesday of every other month of the year, starting in February.

The 2019 meeting schedule:

  • Wednesday, February 27 (documentation due Feb. 6)
  • Wednesday, April 24 (documentation due April 3)
  • Wednesday, June 26 (documentation due June 5)
  • Wednesday, August 28 (documentation due August 7)
  • Wednesday, October 23 (documentation due October 2)
  • Wednesday, December 18 (documentation due December 4)

Communities wishing to submit a site for certification must provide the Steering Committee all documents needing review no later than three weeks prior to a meeting of the Steering Committee.

For more information about the Certified Sites Program, including a copy of the program's guidelines, contact:

Austin Rouse
Certified Sites Program Coordinator
(919) 447-7793
austin.rouse@edpnc.com