Proof of clear title, proper zoning,
accurate market pricing and basic
engineering data are prerequisites to any
Community leaders should not expect
consultants or company officials
to come for a site visit only to get a
list of promises for future action.
As the old saying goes,
“If you aren’t willing to invest in your
community why should anyone else?”
From a purely competitive
standpoint- the truth is that the
GRAD sites always surface first
in the state economic development site
search databases, whether on the
GDECD or utility websites!
In the GRAD certification process the
following items are investigated,
researched and/or documented and
*Minimum size (50 acres) quantified
*Utility services documented
*Zoning, planning, and land use
control designations clarified
*Road and Rail accessibility identified
Due Diligence information qualified:
1) Wetlands and stream delineation
2) Environmental assessments
3) Cultural resources and archeological
4) Geological and geotechnical surveys
5) Boundary & Topographic surveys
Communities that complete the
GRAD site certification process
demonstrate a clear commitment to
It sends a strong message to
consultants and prospects that the local
is committed to their community’s
success and that they understand
the prospect’s needs.
Having a certified site also takes
a community to another level in the
competitive process and separates the
hopefuls from the true candidates.
Williams & Associates can help your
community achieve a
GRAD site certification which will
allow for the future development and
marketing of a site as an available tract
that is ready for accelerated development.
We are also experienced with MEGA SITE
criteria for large acreage tracts and sites.
For more information on
GRAD site certification or
additional insight into our firm
and completed projects, visit the website at
or contact Jim Lenahan
at phone number 404-803-2134
or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jim is a former state economic
development official with involvement in
several highly successful large scale
Don’t forget to take time and
ask him about the Caterpillar project.