Oskaloosa site achieves certification status
The Oskaloosa Innovation Park became the latest site to achieve certification through the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s certified site program. Debi Durham, Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Finance Authority director, joined Oskaloosa and Mahaska County officials Tuesday to make the announcement. “Our Certified Sites Program gives Iowa a tremendous advantage in attracting outstanding companies and jobs to our state,” Durham said in a news release. “Companies that are looking to build new facilities are working on aggressive timelines and want sites that are ready to go. Certification tells these companies a site is development-ready and shows our communities are open for business and prepared to welcome new investment.” The 490-acre Oskaloosa Innovation Park includes several parcels of land available for development. The site is located in southeast Iowa on Highway 23 with rail services on-site, as well as ready access to a four-lane highway and regional airport. IEDA launched the Iowa Certified Sites program in 2012 to address the lack of project-ready industrial sites in the state. It is an independent, third-party program with certification through the nationally recognized site selection firm Quest Site Solutions.