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Posted on: December 8, 2020

Plainfield Data Center Location Earns Site Certification

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PLAINFIELD, IN – A site in Plainfield, Indiana has received Data Center Site Certification and is the latest regional location to take advantage of a new certification program through Duke Energy’s partnership with Verisite.

The Data Center Site Certification gives companies and site selectors the assurance the site is ready for expedited development and that all needed documentation and data has been compiled and verified, which results in cost savings and speed to market for a new data center.

Located on the northwest corner of State Road 267 and Camby Road in Hendricks County, the 7.6-acre greenfield site sits within the 80-acre Plainfield Logistics Park, currently in development by Indianapolis-based developer Ambrose Property Group, and is a prime location for a future state-of-the-art data center location. Site benefits include: close proximity to I-70, existing utilities and road infrastructure, established zoning, and the potential for ten-year real property tax abatement.  “We’re excited about the addition of Data Center Site Certification to one of our parcels at Plainfield Logistics Park,” said Eric Seamands, Development Manager for Ambrose Property Group. “This will only further diversify the type of businesses and jobs the Park will be able to attract and bring to the Plainfield community.”

While the site had undergone preliminary planning, the Town of Plainfield partnered with Duke Energy and Verisite to increase marketability and visibility for data center development.

“The Town of Plainfield is a nationally recognized center for logistics, distribution, and ecommerce,” said Town of Plainfield Town Manager, Andrew Klinger. “We pride ourselves on being a business-friendly community with close proximity to an international airport and major highways. Establishing a recognized Data Center is just another attribute we can offer to those looking to relocate or grow in this town.”

In addition to the physical site attributes, the Town and its partners requested Verisite’s support to identify the community and workforce assets that contribute to potential opportunities for future development. The site is eligible for multiple local incentive programs and has connections to a myriad of workforce development initiatives underway in the area.

“The Data Center Site Certification is part of Duke Energy’s ongoing mission to support local economic development organizations in their strategic efforts to attract new businesses to grow their communities.  We are very proud of our partnership with the Town of Plainfield and commend the strong leadership that continues to succeed and is now blazing the trail for the data center industry in Indiana,” said Erin Schneider, Director of Economic Development for Duke Energy.

The Verisite program creates opportunities for excellent locations, like Plainfield, Indiana, to continue to capitalize on its momentum around tech growth and innovation. “In our site selection experience, sites that are certified are prioritized in our location modeling understanding that these sites are substantially ready for development,“ said Leslie Wagner, Senior Principal for Ginovus. 

Verisite offers a comprehensive site certification program resulting in comprehensive due diligence, enhancing speed to market and mitigating risk for property owners. The proprietary program creates a narrative around in-depth market research and analyzes human capital components in order to provide decision-makers with reliable data. 

Verisite is a partnership among Ginovus, Plaka + Associates, and the Veridus Group that brings significant industry experience in economic development, site selection, and engineering. Together these tenured firms designed and built the proprietary process for Verisite site certification to finally establish universal definitions and designations for site certification. This offers a modern, trustworthy standard for property owners, developers, and communities that utilizes a consistent and standardized set of criteria to determine all aspects of a site’s readiness for development.

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