HIGHEST AND BEST

Project Land Use

A diverse array of project land uses ensures strategic site inventory development aligns with local industry targets. 

Mega Site

1000+ acres Rail dependent Interstate or multi-lane highway dependent Navigable waterway access optional

Megas Sites are comprised of large contiguous tracts of land that are typically located in suburban to rural areas close to major transportation infrastructure, public utilities, and a large supply of high-quality workers to serve the new facility and its key suppliers. Mega sites are choice locations for big industrial operations and should be as close to shovel-ready status as possible. They range from several hundred to several thousand acres and can encompass an industrial district, business park, research park, science park, commercial district, tourist park or a combination of these.

Heavy Industrial

300+ acres Rail dependent Interstate or multi-lane highway dependent Navigable waterway access optional

Heavy Industrial locations produce items to be sold to other industrial customers rather than the end customer, making it a part of the supply chain of other products. Heavy industry involves one or more of the following characteristics: large and heavy products, large and heavy equipment and facilities, or complex and numerous processes. Because of these factors, heavy industrial sites have higher acreage & environmental/cultural impact.

Light Industrial

100+ acres Interstate or multi-lane highway dependent

Light Industrial sites involve industries that are usually less capital-intensive than heavy industry and require fewer raw materials, space, and power. Most light industry products are produced for end users rather than as intermediates for use by other industries. Light industry facilities typically have less environmental impact than those associated with heavy industry and therefore tend to have less restrictive location factors.

Heavy Agribusiness

100+ acres Rail dependent Two-lane highway dependent Dependent upon available feedstock

Heavy Agribusiness includes a wide variety of operations/facilities involved with agricultural production, processing, and distribution. Some examples of agribusiness include seed and agrichemical production, animal feed production, bioenergy generation from biofuels and biomass, and pulp/timber mills. Heavy agribusiness sites are differentiated from general agribusiness in that they can support more intensive projects and have rail-served capacity.

General Agribusiness

50+ acres Two-lane highway dependent Dependent upon available feedstock

General Agribusiness includes a wide variety of operations/facilities involved with agricultural production, processing, and distribution. Some examples of agribusiness include seed and agrichemical production, animal feed production, bioenergy generation from biofuels and biomass, and pulp/timber mills.

Distribution Freight/Logistics

25+ acres

Distribution Freight/Logistics centers are an integral part of the nation’s supply chain, performing processes by which goods are collected, transported, and distributed. Involved within a system of suppliers, manufacturers, and distributors to retailers, distribution freight/logistics centers may perform consolidation, warehousing, packaging, decomposition, and other functions that contribute to supplying goods to the demand of consumers and supporting the national economy.

R&D/Technology Park

25+ acres

R&D/Technology Park land use classification defines a property intended to promote innovation and competitiveness for its associated businesses and knowledge-based institutions. These parks promote technology-led economic development for the community or region by supporting the share of knowledge and innovation and progressing research outcomes to viable commercial products. Science parks can also contribute to national economic growth by stimulating the formation of new high-technology firms, attracting foreign investment, and promoting exports.

Business Park/Medical

10+ acres

Business Park/Medical land use classification defines an area of land dedicated to business or medical buildings, offering premises that may be used to combine adequate space with excellent facilities. These parks are beneficial to businesses or medical facilities as they are surrounded by like-minded professionals that work together to stimulate growth and take advantage of the site’s infrastructural, environmental, and cultural features.

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