News Release > Wynne EDC achieves Entergy Arkansas ‘Select Site’ certification
Wynne EDC achieves Entergy Arkansas ‘Select Site’ certification
37-acre site sits on state Highway 1 north of I-40
WYNNE, Ark. – Today officials with the Wynne Economic Development Corporation and Entergy Arkansas announced completion of the utility’s Select Site certification for the 37-acre Wynne Highway 1 industrial site, located 11 miles north of Interstate 40 on Arkansas Highway 1.
“The timeline for responding to prospects has shortened significantly,” said Cody Slater, CEO for the Wynne EDC, “and going through the certification process helps to ensure that we have the site information necessary to respond quickly to inquiries.
“This site is well-suited for a manufacturer who wants to move products across the country and needs to act quickly, and the additional marketing that comes with certification provides our site with an advantage that few communities in the state have,” Slater added.
Recently announced projects in the state that have begun operations or are under construction on former Select Sites include an Amazon Fulfillment Center in Little Rock and the Tractor Supply Co. distribution center in Maumelle.
Entergy Arkansas Senior Project Manager Joe Bailey participated in the Wynne EDC board meeting to recognize the group for completing the comprehensive review and documentation process and to present a grant check to help offset some of the costs associated with the certification. Joining Bailey was Matt Twyford, community development manager, and Amy Williams, regional community development manager, from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC).
Bailey said, “Wynne is to be commended for their hard work in accomplishing a Select Site certification. In today’s competitive economic development environment, this is a great asset.”
The business and economic development team at Entergy Arkansas works with communities to implement an assessment tool that allows communities to certify their sites and communicate the prepared status to the AEDC, site location consultants and company decision makers looking to expand or move their business to Arkansas.
The Select Site program helps communities better prepare their sites as winning candidates for high-tech, manufacturing and distribution projects with a thorough audit of the site’s readiness for new or expanding business. Through the Select Site program and the Arkansas Site Selection Center, Entergy is helping to meet those needs. Other Select Site properties are in Jefferson County, Magnolia, Newport, Osceola, Russellville and West Memphis.
Visit www.ArkansasSiteSelection.com for details on each Entergy Arkansas Select Site, including the Wynne Highway 1 site.
Entergy Arkansas Project Manager Joe Bailey presents a plaque to Cody Slater, Wynne Economic Development Commission CEO, in recognition of the city's new "Select Site."
Entergy Arkansas provides electricity to approximately 722,000 customers in 63 counties. Entergy Arkansas is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation (NYSE:ETR), an integrated energy company engaged in electric power production, transmission and retail distribution operations. Entergy delivers electricity to 3 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy owns and operates one of the cleanest large-scale U.S. power generating fleets with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including 7,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy has annual revenues of $10 billion and approximately 12,500 employees.