IMPA Shovel Ready Sites

IMPA offers financial assistance to Members applying for Indiana's Shovel Ready Program, available through the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA).

The Indiana Shovel Ready designation certifies sites that are ready for economic development.  Communities of any size may apply for the designation through OCRA.  Indiana recognizes three tiers of readiness: Shovel Ready, Shovel Ready Silver, and Shovel Ready Gold.  The base level defines boundaries with a clear title, establishes a price, demonstrates executive level local government support, defines utility capacity, and provides documentation such as Phase 1 environmental assessment, ALTA, topographical, property layout, and plat maps.

Shovel Ready Silver builds upon these attributes by maintaining documentation that is less than one year old, has proper zoning, and has infrastructure built to the property.

Shovel Ready Gold expands beyond Silver by being less than five miles from a two-lane highway, has seismic data, soil borings, is a minimum of 20 acres, and has no environmental concerns.

Certified Shovel Ready, Silver, and Gold sites are featured on Indiana's Site Selector Database and will be included in the IEDC marketing materials.

Site data and documention is reviewed annually by OCRA.  Sites are responsible for providing updates in order to maintain current inventory.

Applications for certification are accepted on a rolling basis.

If a site is one of IMPA’s Member communities and is approved by OCRA, then IMPA will reimburse these applicants for a portion of the costs associated with the certification process.

IMPA recognizes the value in having Shovel Ready sites in its Member communities.  Benefits include:
  • National recognition that provides these sites with a measurable advantage when competing to attract new businesses and industries
  • Involvement, commitment and support of local government officials and utility staff because there is a collective effort to prepare a competitive submission to IEDC
  • Top billing is provided to Shovel Ready sites in IEDC’s sites and building database
In a difficult economy, it is increasingly important to correctly position your community’s sites.  If there are sites that you are interested in having certified through the Shovel Ready Program, please contact IMPA at Please see OCRA’s website for additional information about this program. 

Click to Learn More about the State of Indiana's Shovel Ready Certification Program
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