In 2006, the Ohio Department of Development sought proposals for the first $60 million round of awards and received 63 applications. The Fayette County Mega-Site, located in Jefferson and Jasper Townships, was selected as a first funding round awardee and received an Ohio Job Ready Site grant in the amount of $4,352,468.
The Fayette County Mega-Site is located at Interstate 71 and U.S. Route 35, approximately 43 minutes southwest of Columbus. With its excellent transportation access, the Mega-Site is within 60 miles of several metropolitan areas. The Mega-Site also possesses a significant rail service advantage with its access to both Norfolk-Southern and CSX Transportation rail lines via the Indiana and Ohio Central Railway. Fayette County's location and transportation access allows its employers to draw from a broad labor shed, stretching north and south along Interstate 71 and west along U.S. Route 35.
Prior to the Job Ready Site award, challenges at the site were its lack of available infrastructure and utilities. The Job Ready Site grant allowed Fayette County to make significant improvements to the Mega-Site and its 1,500-acre Job Ready Site, which is optimal for a large manufacturing operation. The site is controlled, zoned, and under purchase options until 2019. Improvements were made to extend sanitary sewer, water, natural gas, and electric lines to and across site. Rail spur construction into the Job Ready Site is feasible through the adjacent Central Ohio Logistics Center. The improvements opened more than 1,500 acres of flat farmland to large manufacturing development and ensure end-users that Fayette County can accommodate a rapid start-up timeline.