Key Development Sites
Key development sites in the Rockford Region are listed in the categories below. These sites have the opportunity to significantly elevate the economic development profile of the region. For more information contact Eric Voyles, Vice President of National Business Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Major strategic site
A Major Strategic Site are selected from the categories listed below.
Modern Industrial Park contains large-scale manufacturing and warehouse facilities that have limited office space. Typically, heavy infrastructure is present.
Warehouse Distribution sites
Warehouse and Distribution Parks contain large, often low-rise storage facilities with provisions for truck loading and parking. Limited to a small amount of office space, and landscaping and parking areas tend to be planned but building amenities tend to be limited.
Also known as Commerce Parks, these developments tend to house value-added services of logistics and processing rather than strictly warehousing and storage. The facilities may also house wholesale activity and showrooms and demonstration area often included.
Research (R&D) sites
Also known as Science Parks, these parks are designed to take advantage of a relationship with a University to foster innovation and the transfer of technology. Facilities are typically multifunctional, with a combination of wet & dry labs, offices, and some light manufacturing and storage space. Biomedical Parks are a specialized version.
Technology Parks tend to cater to high-tech companies that require a setting conducive to innovation. They rely on proximity to similar companies to create synergies for business development.
The needs of small, start-up businesses are met, and may be co-located in a another designated type of park/facility. Probably officially tied to the economic development efforts of the community, these developments provide flexible configuration and economically priced space as well as shared services and business counseling/mentoring.
Located at high-profile locations and have upper end office, but may include R&D labs and light manufacturing. Other services are located nearby such as business services, shopping centers, recreational facilities, or hotel/conference centers co-located in reasonable proximity.
These developments tend to produce sales tax for the community. They tend to be anchored by business services, shopping centers, recreational facilities, entertainment complexes or hotel/conference centers.
These locations will be synonymous with Technology Sites, but describing the cluster that is collocated in the industrial neighborhood.