The Economic Development department has invested in site-readiness programs and infrastructure to boost the attractiveness and readiness of strategic properties prepared for business development. We have a portfolio of sites that include 4 Certified Sites. This terminology means a site has undergone a rigorous pre-qualification process to ensure it is “shovel ready” for immediate development and it meets a consistent set of standards. The tests offer all the information we need about the site for the client. As a result, we can get the information to the client in a timely manner, and provide quality information. The Certified Sites program is run and maintained by the Economic Development Partnership of NC (EDPNC).