Entergy Arkansas awards new ‘Select Site’ certification to Russellville

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The Russellville Regional Alliance for Economic Development and Entergy Arkansas announced earlier this week the completed certification of the city’s second certified Select Site through the utility company’s program.

“We couldn’t be prouder to be the only community in Arkansas with two certified sites,” said Paul Harvel, president of the Russellville Regional Alliance for Economic Development. “I want to thank Entergy Arkansas for the opportunity and to thank all the people who put in hard work to get us to today’s success.”

Entergy Arkansas works with communities to implement an assessment tool that allows communities to certify potential industrial sites that indicate to site consultants and economic recruiters they are immediately prepared for larger-scale development projects. 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.

The second site in Russellville is a 44.38-acre industrial site known as the Butterfield – Russellville East End Site.

“Along with providing reliable and affordable power with rates among the lowest in the country, Entergy Arkansas works to prepare the communities we serve for attracting new business and encouraging business expansions that result in new jobs, investments and economic growth,” said Danny Games, director of Business and Economic Development for Entergy Arkansas. “With today’s climate, it is even more important that we communicate that state of readiness online and up our digital game.”

Other Select Site properties are located in Jefferson County, Little Rock, Magnolia, Maumelle, Newport, and West Memphis.