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 program, a team of site development consultants engaged by Golden LEAF will speak 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 the community 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.

At the conclusion of the process, the consultants will conduct site visits with the communities and provide recommendations regarding targeted development opportunities for the community, sites that merit further evaluation, the development potential of those sites, strengths and weaknesses of each, and the timeframe for potential development.


  • Applicants must be a county government or be an eligible governmental entity or 501(c)(3) nonprofit and provide 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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The fall 2022 round of the SITE Program has closed. Sign up for updates to the SITE Program and to receive information about the round two application deadline.

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