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[OCRA] OCRA Designates Waterford Commons Business Park as Shovel Ready
Start Date: 9/13/2013Start Time: 2:30 PM
End Date: 9/13/2013End Time: 2:30 PM
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Waterford Commons Business Park Designated as “Shovel-Ready”

Indianapolis – Goshen’s Waterford Commons Business Park was officially recognized as Shovel-Ready today in a ceremony hosted by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) and local officials.   The Shovel Ready designation demonstrates that the 220 acre Waterford Commons Business Park is primed and ready for economic development.

To be declared “Shovel-Ready” a site must have a base level of defined boundaries with a clear title, established price, demonstration of executive level local government support, defined utility capacity, and provided documentation such as Phase I environmental assessment and wetland delineation.

“We’re pleased to make this designation because it shows that Goshen is committed to welcoming new businesses,” said Matt Crouch, manager of OCRA’s Shovel Ready Program. “Attracting new businesses is one way Goshen can emphasize a pro-growth business climate in the community.”

The following local leaders also expressed support for the designation: Mayor of Goshen, Allan Kauffman, president & CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County, Dorinda Heiden-Guss and Greg Hoogenboom of Hoogenboom-Nofziger Corporation.



“Waterford Commons offers a unique atmosphere that appeals to highly skilled and educated workers,” said Kauffman.

“The certification of Waterford Commons Business Park as ‘Shovel Ready’ continues to make the move to Elkhart County a fast and pleasant experience,” said Heiden-Guss.

 “Waterford Commons Business Park LLC is pleased to be receiving the Shovel Ready designation from the State of Indiana.  The proposed 220 acre planned unit development will be an asset to the city of Goshen and Elkhart County,” said Hoogenboom.

The goal of the Shovel-Ready program is to expedite the business location process by making the sites more attractive to companies and site-selection consultants who are looking to locate or expand their business.

The OCRA led Shovel-Ready program also works closely with the state’s Fast Access Site Team (FAST), which is comprised of multiple state agencies, including Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC).

Please visit for additional information on the Shovel Ready program. 


The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) was created by legislation in 2005, making rural Indiana a major focus for the first time. OCRA’s mission is to promote community prosperity to strengthen Indiana’s economy by providing capacity-building solutions to assure ready, marketable, and competitive communities for economic growth. For additional information on OCRA and its programs visit

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Contact Information:
Name: Ian Slatter
Phone: 317 232 0162
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