Cleco announced their third SmartSite at the Bunkie Industrial Park in Bunkie, LA. The 148 acre site has met all the stringent criteria necessary to make the site attractive and ready for industrial development.
“Through our SmartSites program, we are identifying properties that are highly marketable and running them through one of the strictest property evaluations conducted by one of the leading site selection companies in America,” said Keith Crump, senior vice president of commercial operation. “Once a property is certified as a SmartSite, it moves up on the list of prospects because business and industry recognize the value of having a thorough assessment of a property’s strengths and risks. We couldn’t be happier to add this site in Bunkie as our third SmartSite location.”
The Bunkie site is located near I-49 and close to Acadiana Rail. Cleco’s first SmartSites is a 350-acre site located at the Natchitoches Port. Evangeline Parish Industrial Park in Ville Platte houses Cleco’s second SmartSite location.
Cleco started the SmartSites program in 2010 with a list of sites for McCallum Sweeney to assess. The properties at the Bunkie Industrial Park, the Evangeline Parish Industrial Park, and the Natchitoches Port have completed the evaluation process, which includes a thorough appraisal of the site’s strengths and challenges, helping to speed the business development process.
“As businesses look to grow, they want to locate properties that are easily permitted, contain no surprises and have available or accessible infrastructure,” said Mark Sweeney, senior principal with McCallum Sweeney. ”We essentially identify all of the things that are important to business and industry so that they know up front what a piece of property offers.”
“There is a pressing need to identify and cultivate more available industrial sites in Louisiana. We are delighted by Cleco’s efforts to aggressively build site inventory with their new SmartSites program, as this program will closely align with our own efforts to expand the number of quality sites available in Louisiana,” said Stephen Moret, secretary of Louisiana Economic Development. “As we work together and add more SmartSites to the Louisiana inventory, I am confident that we’ll see more projects and more announcements in Cleco’s service territory.”
Cleco Corporation is a regional energy company headquartered in Pineville, LA. Cleco owns a regulated electric utility company, Cleco Power LLC, which owns nine generating units with a total nameplate capacity of 2,524 megawatts and serves approximately 281,000 customers in Louisiana through its retail business and 10 communities across Louisiana and Mississippi through wholesale power contracts. Cleco also owns a wholesale energy business, Cleco Midstream Resources LLC, which owns two natural gas-fired generating units with a total nameplate capacity of 775 megawatts. For more information about Cleco, visit http://www.cleco.com/