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Press Release: January 12, 2011

Business Oregon Certifies Three Industrial Sites for Job Creation
Sites Total More than 200 Acres of Project-ready Land in Prineville, The Dalles and Ontario

Business Oregon, working with its state and local partners, recently certified three large industrial sites as ready for business development and job creation in as few as 180 days.

The three new sites bring to 68 the total number of certified sites since the program's inception in 2003.  The new sites include 81 acres in the same Prineville industrial park that houses a new Facebook data center; 101 acres on a former superfund site in The Dalles, Oregon; and 40 acres of recently zoned industrial land in Ontario, Oregon.

"As I stated yesterday, finding ways to certify more industrial land to create jobs for Oregonians is a priority of my economic development strategy," said Governor John Kitzhaber. "These three new sites will provide rural Oregonians new job opportunities as we work to create jobs throughout the state."

Certified Industrial Sites are considered project ready - where the typical impediments to development have been identified and resolved and building can begin within 180 days of a development decision. Issues related to environmental clearances, zoning, utilities and transportation are addressed by the appropriate state, local, and tribal agencies prior to confirmation of the site's readiness to be developed.  All certified sites are reviewed by an independent certifier for adherence to the program's strict guidelines.

"Certified industrial sites are attractive to site selectors and developers because they provide more certainty to the development process," said Tim McCabe, Director of Business Oregon, which manages the program. "These sites are an exciting addition to Oregon's certified industrial lands. These sites represent a great job creation opportunity for industry."

Certification is a cornerstone of the state's industrial development strategy. Many of Oregon's highest profile business relocations and expansions have occurred on certified sites, including the 2011 Subaru Announcement in Portland's Rivergate District; Genentech in Hillsboro; Facebook in Prineville; Google in The Dalles; Sanyo Solar in Salem; as well as large distribution centers for Home Depot and Lowe's Home Improvement in Salem and Lebanon, respectively.

"An abundance of competitively-priced industrial land offers many options for relocating and expanding businesses," said Jason Carr, Manager of Prineville Economic Development. "The community already offers fiber and broadband capacity not seen in most rural communities, and boasts transportation services through the airport and railroad freight depot."

The State's Certified Industrial Site program began in 2003 as a result of an executive order by Governor Ted Kulongoski. The program was developed in response to concerns that Oregon needs to have more ready to go industrial land in order to remain competitive in the global marketplace.

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The Oregon Business Development Department works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding, and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs. Visit www.oregon4biz.com for more information on doing business in Oregon.

For additional information about industrial site certification, please contact Business Oregon's Michael Williams at 503-986-0141 or e-mail Michael.Williams@biz.state.or.us.

Additional Info on the Three New Certified Sites:

Prineville:

  • The 81 - acre Tom McCall Industrial Park, Phase II is comprised of a pair of industrially zoned parcels owned by industrial park developer Freund/Spencer Investment Group, LLC and Investor/Developer TYM-USA, Inc.
  • The site is located on the eastern end of the Business Park which is also home to the 125-acre Facebook facility. The Facebook site was certified in 2005 and is the future home of a multi-building data center campus that represent over $300 million in investment.

For additional information about the certified site in the Tom McCall Business Park contact Louie Hoffman of Steve Scott Realtors, louie@louiehoffman.com or call 541-388-1771

The Dalles:

  • The 101 Acres certified in The Dalles is a former federal Superfund site that was delisted in 1996, the extensive environmental and clean-up work has returned this site to productive reuse as one of the largest brownfield redevelopment projects in the US.
  • To make the site shovel-ready, about 29 buildings totaling over 3 million square feet were deconstructed. Fifty-four thousand tons of concrete were crushed and backfilled on site, keeping significant amounts of concrete out of landfills. The demolition also produced 65,000 tons of recycled material. According to Galen May, Golden Northwest's Project Manager and former Environmental Manager at the smelter, the goal of renovating the site was "to create the same or better job opportunities that were provided by the smelter." May anticipates between 400 and 1,000 direct jobs from the renovation project.

For additional information about the certified site in The Dalles, call Doug MacCourt of Ater Wynne LLP, dcm@aterwynne.com or call 503-226-8672 or Mr. Galen May, Project Manager, (541) 993-4941.

Ontario:

  • The 75-acre Wada Industrial Site is the first certified site in Ontario, Oregon and the first certified site in Malheur County. The site is owned by the Wada family trust and is certified for general manufacturing and warehousing uses. The site is less than two miles from Interstate 84 and also benefits from being across from the Ontario Municipal Airport. The site was annexed into the city and zoned as an industrial business park in 2009.
  • The certified site should help raise the profile of Ontario as an industrial location. Ontario's location near the Idaho border and its direct access to Interstate 84 make it an excellent site for multi-state distribution and other like facilities.

For additional information from the owner of the site contact Mark Wada, Trustee, 503.228.6044 or mwada@fwwlaw.com.

Contacts:
Tim Raphael, 503-689-6117
Tim.Raphael@state.or.us
Amy Wojcicki, 503- 689-5324
Amy.Wojcicki@state.or.us

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