Program identifying verified build-ready sites gets underway

Ready-to-go buildings and building sites are being promoted across the nation to site-selectors, Sandoval Economic Alliance President and CEO Steve Jenkins told several-dozen local business people and community leaders Thursday morning at the September NAIOP meeting at Presbyterian Rust Medical Center.

Jenkins has long lamented the availability of such sites, noting SEA’s efforts at bringing economic-base firms to the area have been hampered because prospective companies want something ready now, rather than waiting for a site to be prepared.

The new VeriReady site-selection process SEA designed to identify publicly and privately owned sites suitable for development in the area has begun, aimed at posting qualified sites online — and available for anyone anywhere in the world to see.

“I encourage you to participate in this program,” Jenkins said. “It’s free.”

He said SEA staff members are excited about it as a way to promote the community and its assets to developers and real estate professionals.

Only “verified sites” will go online, he noted. This VeriReady identification isn’t intended to replace or compete with similar certified sites in some states, instead providing a scaled-down alternative for smaller sites or those that cannot meet the criteria of other states’ certification.

SEA promotes its VeriReady sites at no charge as part of its marketing program.

To be verified and designated for one year, a dozen “must-haves” are required: location, details, compatibility, ownership, topography, geotechnical, utilities available, transportation, environmental considerations, floodplain/wetlands Federal Emergency Management Agency insurance maps, special districts and incentives, and taxation.

Visit VeriReady-Sites.com for more information, including more details on what VeriReady candidates need.

Also at the NAIOP meeting:

• Rio Rancho Mayor Gregg Hull said City Manager Keith Riesberg’s impending departure “is going to be a great loss to the city,” and introduced Interim City Manager John Craig. Hull also introduced Lisa Martinez, the city’s new chief building official, who said how happy she was to be in her new position, after outlining her background;

• Sandoval County officials — Commissioner Dave Heil, County Manager Dianne Maes and Antoinette Vigil, the county’s manager of business development and tourism — combined to give the lowdown on the 2019 county budget, general obligation bonds, legislative priorities for the 2019 60-day session at the Roundhouse, the importance of the Paseo del Volcan extension to I-40 and a request by the county of the state legislature to make its legal publishing requirements the same as municipal governments’ requirements.

The next monthly NAIOP meeting, with special guest UNM President Garnett Stokes, is set for Monday, Oct. 1.

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