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Having a site certified as a "Shovel Ready Site" means that the local developer has worked proactively with the State to address all major permitting issues, prior to a business expressing interest in the location. This advance work creates a site where construction can begin rapidly, once a prospective business decides to develop there.
Shovel Ready Certification is administered by Empire State Development (ESD). Shovel Ready Certification is available to any site in New York State that is suitable for the type of development proposed, has proper zoning and infrastructure, has completed the appropriate surveys and studies, and has received the necessary permits and approvals. A more detailed checklist of required site attributes is available in the Shovel Ready Self Evaluation.
Whether you are an economic developer, a local government official, or a company looking to expand your operations, the Shovel Ready program has something to offer you: