Qualifications & Experience 

NAI Fortis Warehouse and Industrial Development Project
Client: Town of Sellersburg

Assisted the Town of Sellersburg Town Council and Redevelopment Commission with the attraction of a developer interested in building over 1 million square feet of light industrial space on vacant land with an estimated capital investment of nearly $43 million.  The Wheatley Group also assisted the Town in all incentive and infrastructure negotiation, re-zoning, and the establishment of an Economic Revitalization Area.

LEDO Strategy Development and Execution
Client: Pike County EDC

The Wheatley Group assists the Pike County Economic Development Corporation, Pike County and the City of Petersburg with its economic development plans and strategic initiatives.  Projects include annual Action Plan development, project and incentive evaluation, development of business assistance programs, and assisting through the Indiana Site Certified shovel ready program.

USDA Community Facilities Loan Application
Client: South Central Indiana Regional Airport Authority

The Wheatley Group is working with the South Central Regional Airport Authority (formerly the Clark Regional Airport Board of Aviation Commissioners) in the coordination, completion and submission of the USDA Community Facilities Loan Application in the amount of $2.9 million.  This loan will allow the Authority to purchase a hangar and enter into a long-term lease with an existing tenant, creating an entirely new revenue stream for the Authority.

LEDO Services
Client: Franklin County Economic Development Commission

Beginning in 2016, The Wheatley Group is acting as the primary LEDO contact for the Franklin County Economic Development Commission.  Our team is working with the EDC on establishing a formal economic development program with business attraction and business retention and expansion components, as well as assisting in the identification and completion of strategic initiatives, and improving idea flow and communication between economic development partner entities (e.g. Chamber of Commerce, Tourism, and elected officials).

Site Certified Shovel Ready Designation
Client: City of New Albany

The Wheatley Group assisted the City of New Albany in the coordination and collection of data and application materials, as well as the eventual submission, for the Indiana Site Certified Gold shovel ready program.  The nearly 40 acre Durgee Road Industrial Site became Indiana Site Certified Gold on February 16, 2016.  The Wheatley Group also developed a site marketing presentation for the City of New Albany.

Website Development Assistance
Client: America Place

The Wheatley Group worked with America Place Business Parks in the creation of new web content, page layouts, and marketing materials for an updated site selector and developer focused website.  The new website, www.americaplace.com, launched at the end of February 2016 and features community data, incentive estimate models, a new YouTube channel, and an internal featured property database.

Transportation Corridor Linking River Ridge to Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville
River Ridge Development Authority

In the summer of 2013, Indiana Governor Mike Pence announced the State of Indiana’s participation in the $22.5 million heavy haul road and rail corridor linking River Ridge Commerce Center and the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville via the new I-265 interchange.  Once complete, this transformative project will allow the community to fully leverage its economic development assets and prepare for rapid economic expansion.  Paul Wheatley was instrumental in the negotiations, coordination, and participation levels of all the parties to the inter-local agreement which governed the project.

Amazon Fulfillment Project
River Ridge Development Authority

Paul Wheatley was very influential in securing the Amazon fulfillment center operations in late 2011 which resulted in over $150,000,000 in capital investment and 2,500 new jobs.  This multifaceted project required the delivery of over $7,000,000 in public infrastructure and required coordination between the Indiana Department of Transportation, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, the Economic Development Administration, and several local units of government.

Mega Site Certification
River Ridge Development Authority

The certification process took approximately one year and required environmental and geo-technical reports as well as a fully developed infrastructure plan.   The certification serves as an excellent marketing tool for River Ridge and readies the site for fast moving automotive, steel and chemical projects which require large “shovel ready” tracts of land.

$20 Million Bond Issuance
River Ridge Development Authority

Paul Wheatley, in conjunction with bond counsel and financial advisors, placed $20 million in bonds with a consortium of local banks.  The bond proceeds funded mission critical road, water and sewer projects within the River Ridge Commerce Center.

Business Expansion and Recruitment Activities

Throughout their economic development careers, Paul Wheatley and Nick Lawrence have held direct project management roles in business expansion and recruitment projects that have resulted in the commitment of over 3,000 new jobs and over $330 million in new capital investment.  Projects involved coordination with individual companies, private developers, and state and local governments.  These successful attraction projects required the negotiation of land sales, infrastructure development obligations, as well as state and local incentive procurement.

South Clarksville Redevelopment Plan
Town of Clarksville

On behalf of the Town of Clarksville Redevelopment Commission, Nick Lawrence oversaw the creation of a redevelopment master plan document focused on the transformation of 300 acres of Clarksville’s waterfront into a vibrant mixed-use district that will reclaim the community’s downtown.  Nick coordinated the activities of a team of urban planners, engineers, and a community stakeholder group that included monthly project meetings and two public community workshops.

Court Avenue Extension Project
Town of Clarksville

As a catalyst project for the redevelopment of the South Clarksville area, Nick Lawrence led the negotiation, property acquisition, and subsequent construction of a nearly 800-foot road extension spanning Jeffersonville and Clarksville.  The Court Avenue extension project adds a new connection point between the riverfronts of two municipalities at the base of the 2nd Street Bridge.

$11 Million Bond Issuance
Town of Clarksville

Nick Lawrence, in conjunction with bond counsel and financial advisors, placed $11 million in bonds with a local financial institution.  The bond issuance effectively aligned the expiration dates of all of the Town’s TIF expansion areas, while also funding a series of capital improvement projects.

Former Value City Redevelopment
Town of Clarksville

Nick Lawrence played a critical role in the redevelopment of the former Value City property, a 30 acre blighted retail center anchored by a vacant 200,000 square foot big box, into a planned unit development that now includes new medical and retail facilities, a New Tech high school, and a 3-acre town center park.