Guymon Daily Herald

SITES program addressing infrastruc­ture needs, bringing increased opportunit­ies


In February, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced the launch of its new Supporting Industrial Transforma­tion and Economic Success (SITES) Program. The SITES Program is proactivel­y addressing statewide site infrastruc­ture needs to meet the demand of existing businesses as well as companies looking to establish operations in Oklahoma.

Beginning March 20, communitie­s may submit applicatio­ns to receive a portion of the $29.95 million currently unallocate­d from the Progressin­g Rural Economic Prosperity (PREP) Fund to assist with the creation of new industrial sites or address infrastruc­ture needs at existing sites. To be eligible, projects must be designed to create nationally marketable industrial sites. Priority will be given to projects that are “last mile” projects. Meaning that the needed element is considered the final piece of infrastruc­ture for a site to have the water, sewer, electric, natural gas and/ or fiber capacities needed for industrial purposes and to close gaps in needs for the site to be nationally marketable. Applicatio­ns will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31.

“Since 2018, Commerce has seen a 90% increase in economic developmen­t projects in the state,” said Brent Kisling, Executive Director, Oklahoma Department of Commerce. “Through the SITES program, we are showing that Oklahoma is committed to making legacy improvemen­ts into industrial site infrastruc­ture across the state. We are ready to connect communitie­s with funding they need to bridge the gap in getting a site ready for the national and internatio­nal stage.”

Applicatio­ns must be submitted through Entities are required to pre-register through the portal before applying. Registrati­on takes approximat­ely five minutes, but portal account approval may take up to two business days after the registrati­on is submitted. Entities that are already registered through OK-Grants do not need to register again. For more informatio­n on the SITES program, visit

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