energizing growth: site certification

In today's world, business moves fast - both literally and figuratively. If a company is looking for a new location, they want sites that are ready with the necessary infrastructure, zoning, plus other amenities. DP&L's Site Certification program helped local communities examine their sites' strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement, with the best sites ultimately earning certification. So when business is ready to move - certification lets them know that we're ready to move too.

DP&L's Certified Sites

Seven locations in West Central Ohio have gone through the rigorous process of being certified for industrial development. DP&L created an award-winning website to market the certified sites in our service area to potential investors.


Visit ohiocertifiedsites.com for information on certified sites in West Central Ohio, case studies from successful businesses in the area, and to learn more about the partnerships that are crucial to creating a business-friendly environment to attract development in our area.

Site Certification - What it means

DP&L Certified Site seal

Site certification programs are a growing trend across the United States. This growing popularity is due to the fact that companies searching for a new business location increasingly consider only sites that are ready for development. If a site is missing critical infrastructure, it will not make the cut.

The goal of a site certification program is to identify and prepare project-ready sites. Critical elements to a certified site include:

  • Sufficient acreage that is developable
  • Utilities with sufficient capacity, including electricity, gas, sewer and water, at the site or readily available
  • Access to transportation network
  • Proper zoning
  • Environmental studies complete with no environmental liabilities

Ultimately, developing a site to the point of certification increases the likelihood that the site will attract investment and valuable new jobs to our region.

About McCallum Sweeney Consulting

McCallum Sweeney Consulting logoDP&L selected McCallum Sweeney Consulting to conduct the site certification program based on its extensive site certification and site selection experience. MSC has performed location consulting services for many of the world's largest and best-known companies including: Boeing, Michelin, Dollar General, Oreck and Mitsubishi Electric. In addition, MSC has site certification experience in Ohio, working with both Duke and AEP.

For more information on DP&L's certified sites, please contact DP&L Economic Development.