GRAD Sites

GRAD—the Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development program—provides nearly 70 industrial certified sites ready for fast-track construction.

GRAD increases speed to market for businesses

GRAD certification means variables that can slow construction have been removed before company representatives even visit the site.

Due diligence categories include:

  • Phase I environmental assessment
  • Preliminary geotechnical investigation
  • Cultural and endangered species investigation
  • Zoning designation
  • Utility service assessment
  • Wetlands and stream delineation
  • Minimum of 50 Acres
  • Ownership security

GRAD certification elevates the standard for shovel-ready. All GRAD-certified sites meet due diligence standards, are reviewed by a third party, and earn final approval from a board of economic development professionals.


GRAD gives communities a competitive advantage

Securing GRAD certification is a marketing tool for communities and property owners, helping them stand out when companies are searching for their next location.

GRAD sites appeal to site selectors because the process documents that advanced due diligence has been completed and the industrial site is ready for construction.

Businesses that have chosen GRAD-certified sites include Amazon, Starbucks, Hyundai, and Aspen Aerogels

See how to get a site GRAD certified or contact our Economic Development team to learn more.

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Contact Shaun

Manager | Site Development