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Shovel-Ready Sites

What is a shovel-ready site?

A shovel-ready site means that the local developer has worked proactively with the state to address all major permitting issues before potential businesses see the property. This helps fast-track construction to begin as soon as a prospective tenant decides to develop there.

Who is a shovel-ready site right for?

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:

  • An attractive incentive to lure companies to your site.
  • The ability to select the type of development most suited to your community and to develop local buy-in before a project is announced.
  • The ability to substantially expedite any construction project.
  • Marketing assistance from Empire State Development.
  • Technical assistance and help with permitting issues.

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