SITE Program – Identification

Golden LEAF will provide support to identify potential industrial sites in communities that do not currently have quality industrial sites to market. The process will involve communication between site development consultants and the applicant to gather information to guide identification of potential sites and to help narrow those sites for further consideration by the community.

Use of Funds

If selected for funding in this phase, a team of site development consultants engaged directly by Golden LEAF will work with the applicant to learn more about the community’s economic development opportunities and strategies and gather information about the community’s infrastructure and assets. Using that information, the consultants will conduct a GIS review of the community to identify exploration zones to consider. The team will conduct site visits with the applicant to review those exploration zones for potential industrial sites.

At the conclusion of the process, the consultants will provide recommendations regarding targeted development opportunities, sites that merit further evaluation, the development potential of those sites, strengths and weaknesses of each site, and the timeframe for potential development. 

A projected timeline is included in the application guidelines.


  • Applicants must be a county government or an eligible governmental entity or 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides a letter of support from the county government. Golden LEAF anticipates that there will be only one application for the Identification phase per county.
  • Successful communities will be able to show a plan for economic development and how site identification will further the goals of that plan.



Available resources include:

  • Frequently Asked Questions and Glossary
  • Guidelines for each phase of the program including all application questions and checklist for required attachments
  • Access to application portal

Application Timeline
The Golden LEAF Board will consider applications in the SITE Program at each of its six regular meetings during the year.  The Golden LEAF Board meets in February, April, June, August, October, and December. Click here for the timeline.

The next deadline is September 12, 2024 by noon for review by the Golden LEAF Board of Directors at their December 5, 2024 meeting.

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