North Mendota Energy and Technology Park certified as development-ready by Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
MADISON, WI. July 23, 2015 – The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) today announced the North Mendota Energy and Technology Park in Dane County has been designated as a Certified In Wisconsin® development-ready site.
The 57-acre site, located about 10 minutes north of Madison in the Town of Westport, is being developed by Ruedebusch Development. It is the state’s 14th certified site, which means it has been approved by WEDC as meeting certain development criteria and is ready for development.
Another Ruedebusch development, the Fitchburg Technology Park, was selected as one of the first Certified in Wisconsin sites in 2012. That office park will soon be home to a $30 million manufacturing facility being constructed by Promega Corp., a major Madison-area biotechnology company.
“I applaud Ruedebusch Development for its continued commitment to the Certified In Wisconsin program and believe the success they’re seeing in Fitchburg can be replicated in Westport,” said Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, who announced the designation at a ceremony Thursday. “This certification sends a clear signal to site selectors and companies looking to build new facilities that this site is shovel-ready.”
“We are excited to have a second certified site in Wisconsin,” said Ruedebusch Development President and CEO Carl Ruedebusch. “North Mendota Energy and Technology Park has a distinctive combination of location, infrastructure, and logistics. Adding the WEDC Certification further confirms the attributes of the site to potential companies.”
The Certified In Wisconsin Program, which was launched by WEDC in 2012, provides a potential tenant with all the information needed to make a quick decision about whether that site is right for their needs, such as utility and transportation infrastructure, environmental assessments, quality of labor force and much more. WEDC is utilizing Deloitte Consulting to help evaluate sites that are determined ready for development and meet certification requirements. WEDC will market the certified site through the Locate In Wisconsin website, LocateInWisconsin.com.
“The Certified In Wisconsin program can play a critical role helping communities compete on a national level for economic development projects,” said Reed Hall, secretary and CEO of WEDC, the state’s lead economic development agency. “Not only does the program increase the comfort level of site selectors and companies by removing unknowns about a site, but WEDC also actively markets the Certified In Wisconsin sites to get them in front of the people who make decisions about corporate expansions and relocations.”
The North Mendota Energy and Technology Park, located at state Highway 113 and West River Road, is less than five minutes away from I-94 and less than 10 minutes away from three other major highways. Dane County Regional Airport is less than 10 minutes away, and an adjacent rail line has two rail spur options available. Additionally, the site features high-quality utility infrastructure adjacent to the property, including an electric substation and a high-pressure natural gas line.
“I can’t tell you how important it is for a town like Westport to have a site chosen for the Certified In Wisconsin program,” said Westport Town Administrator Thomas Wilson. “More importantly is the cooperation that went into working on this choice for our region north of Lake Mendota so close to Madison. Not only does a program like this build an even better positive business climate in Wisconsin and Westport, but from Middleton though Waunakee to DeForest and Sun Prairie.”
In addition to the Promega facility in Fitchburg, the Certified In Wisconsin program has seen other successes as well. In the northwestern Wisconsin community of Prescott, United Natural Foods Inc. is building a $38 million distribution center on a certified site that will bring more than 300 jobs to the region. In Stevens Point, Service Cold Storage has built a $19 million warehouse in the city’s certified site.
In addition to the North Mendota Energy and Technology Park, the other Certified In Wisconsin sites are located in Wisconsin Rapids, Stevens Point, Beaver Dam, Beloit, Chippewa Falls, DeForest, Fitchburg, Village of Howard, Janesville, Menomonie, Prescott, Verona and West Bend.
For more information about the North Mendota Energy and Technology Park, visit InWisconsin.com/Westport.
About the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) leads economic development efforts for the state by advancing Wisconsin’s business climate. WEDC nurtures business growth and job creation by providing resources, technical support and financial assistance to companies, partners and communities in Wisconsin. WEDC has four focus areas: business and industry development, economic and community development, entrepreneurship and innovation and international business development. Together with more than 600 regional and local business development partners, it represents a highly responsive and coordinated network. Visit www.inwisconsin.com or follow WEDC on Twitter @_InWisconsin to learn more.