Donaldsonville site receives designation

Staff reports

The Pointe Sunshine Megasite near Donaldsonville has received designation as a Louisiana Certified Site from Louisiana Economic Development (LED).  This designation serves as verification that Ascension Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) and the property owner Crawford & Thibaut Land Company have performed due diligence designed to render the site as “shovel ready” for industrial development.

Developed by LED, the Certified Economic Development Sites program is designed to make the state more competitive for economic development deals by building an inventory of properties for which most of the due diligence required for development has already been completed.  LED’s stringent criteria include extensive examination and documentation of a property’s suitability for economic development projects. This includes items such as utility and transportation infrastructure, environmental site assessments, wetlands determination, the mapping of servitudes, easements and

rights-of-way, proof of property ownership, control and chain of title, zoning, soil conditions, flood plain mapping and a wholesale list of other requirements.

“LED has been very proactive in developing a statewide certified sites program.” said AEDC President  and CEO Mike Eades.  “Certified sites are a best practice in economic development and AEDC is aggressively pursuing this designation for industrial properties in Ascension Parish,” added Eades.  With the approval of the Pointe Sunshine Megasite, Ascension Parish now has two of the seven Certified Sites in Louisiana.  AEDC is working on the application for a third property.    The Donaldsonville Technology and Industrial Park in Ascension Parish was the first site approved under LED’s new program shortly after its adoption in 2010.