SITE Program – Identification

Golden LEAF will provide support to identify potential industrial sites in communities that do not currently have quality industrial sites to market.

How funds will be used
If selected for funding in this phase, a team of site development consultants engaged directly by Golden LEAF will work with the community to learn more about the community’s economic development opportunities and strategies. Using that information and information about the community’s infrastructure and assets, the consultants will conduct a GIS review of properties to identify potential sites for industrial development and make recommendations regarding development strategies.

The process will involve communication between the consultants and the community to gather information to guide the identification of potential sites and to help narrow those sites for further consideration by the community.

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Guidelines were current as of the March 10, 2022 deadline and may be updated for the Fall 2022 application.

At the conclusion of the process, the consultants will conduct site visits with the communities and provide recommendations regarding targeted development opportunities, sites that merit further evaluation, the development potential of those sites, strengths and weaknesses of each, and the timeframe for potential development. A projected timeline is included in the application guidelines linked below.


  • Applicants must be a county government or an eligible governmental entity or 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides a letter of support from the county government. Golden LEAF anticipates that there will be only one application for the identification phase per county.
  • Successful communities will be able to show a plan for economic development and how site identification will further the goals of that plan.


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Guidelines were current as of the March 10, 2022 deadline and may be updated for the Fall 2022 application.


Applications were due March 10 at noon. The next round of SITE Program applications will be considered in Fall 2022.

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