First “Shovel-Ready development site certified in the IRRR service region

HIBBING – Range Regional Airport Industrial Airpark in Hibbing earlier this month became the first certified “Shovel Ready” development site in the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation service area.

Certification gives the Iron Range a competitive edge in attracting business startups, expansions or relocations. It is a benefit to companies and site selectors because certification takes much of the time, expense, unpredictability and risk out of development by completing in advance the key legal, technical and regulatory tasks.

Minnesota “Shovel- Ready” certified sites have had all of the planning, zoning, surveys, title work, environmental studies, soils analysis and public infrastructure engineering completed prior to the site being offered for sale.

“Most of the “Shovel- Ready” certified sites are in the Twin Cities, so certifying the Hibbing site will significantly benefit our region’s business recruitment work,” said Mark Phillips, Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation commissioner.

“The certification can help put projects on a fast-track.”

The Hibbing site has 58 certified acres and provides excellent transportation options due to its adjacency to the Range Regional Airport and State Highway 37. Based on the characteristics of the site, the property was deemed best suited to the following industry uses: • Light manufacturing. • Small food processing. • General commercial/industrial.

Minnesota “Shovel- Ready” certification is administered by Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation collaborated on this project with Minnesota Power and Chisholm-Hibbing Airport Authority. Email Janelle Greschner at janelle. greschner@state.mn.us or call her at 218-735-3029 for information.

Source: The Ranger, March 6, 2019. The Ranger is a publication of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation.

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