Elite Designation comes to International Logistics Park


The 1,100-acre International Logistics Park of North Carolina boasts a lengthy menu of assets. The industrial-zoned property straddles Brunswick and Columbus counties, sitting aside a four-lane US highway. It is equipped with fiber, water and sewer, with natural gas lines nearby. Tier 1 designation offers industrial tenants located there significant tax savings. The Port of Wilmington and Wilmington International Airport are within a half-hour drive.

In December, the Park gained yet another distinction that will enhance its appeal. It became a North Carolina Certified Site. Certification involves submission of voluminous engineering, environmental and other technical information to the N.C. Department of Commerce, who carefully review the documentation before granting a seal of shovel-readiness. “It’s a rigorous process,” says Dale Carroll, deputy secretary and COO at the N.C. Department of Commerce. State certification began in 2001, but the program was enhanced two years ago to include more extensive ownership information and details on soil quality. “It takes time to get a site certified,” Mr. Carroll says. But the designation can trim six to 18 months off the site preparation process for arriving companies, reducing both risks and costs. The International Logistics Park of North Carolina will now be highlighted in the state’s online database of certified sites.

“We are operating in an extremely competitive environment, so everything we can do to make our industrial properties more attractive for future expansions or relocations helps to keep us in the game,” says Jim Bradshaw, executive director of Brunswick County Economic Development Commission. “By gathering the data required for the certified site designation, we are ensuring much of the due diligence has already been done on the site, which ultimately reduces the risk for our future corporate clients. That peace of mind can often be the thing that differentiates your site from competing sites in other communities.”