The (Almost) Complete Corporate Site Selection Checklist

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Corporate Site Selection Can Be Tricky…

When choosing a home for your new business, or a new home for your existing one, there are so many things to consider that it can quickly make even the best of site selectors’ heads spin. To help make your decision easier, we’ve chosen ten of the most important factors one needs to consider during the corporate site selection process. They range from the necessities: great infrastructure, transportation access, affordable cost of living, to the amenities: local food, great public education access.


Arguably the most important aspect of any business’s site selection is the infrastructure. You have to have a space that can meet your energy, water, and structural demands. Network services are crucial in this digital age, as well. Finding locations with high speed wireless or fiber optic access can be a huge boon to any business.


A map of downtown Butte, MT and the Montana Connections Park.

While the building is important, where the building is located has just as much impact on your employees and workplace culture. Relocating to areas that lack a definitive culture could mean lower levels of employee happiness and productivity. The location’s relation to major airports, highways and the distance from city centers also has a large impact on corporate site selection.

Financial Incentives

Financial incentives vary on federal, state, county and city government levels. Weighing the risks and rewards of locating to any location means performing research about regional economies and local tax codes, so you can isolate the financial environment most beneficial to your business.

Food in the Area

A burger from Matts Place in Butte with beef, a cheese sauce, pickles, tomatoes, and onion on a bun.

It’s not all facts and figures during this search. Trust your tongue. The food available in potential locations can be a tipping point. Can your business function well in an area with a moderate sales tax? Quite possibly if you can keep eating at that awesome pizza place you discovered.

Distribution Access

A good business location isn’t just about where you can house your employees and products comfortably. The ability to distribute from that location should be a make or break factor on your decision. When making a corporate site selection, that means access to railroads, highways and airports so you can get your product out into the world in a timely manner.

Power, Water

Power lines outside of the MCBDP in Butte.

A great building and location don’t matter much if you can’t turn the lights on. Working to find locations with renovated or brand-new power grids assures your business that your power demands will be met. Beyond toilets, sinks, and the ability to clean, access to high volumes of clean water can be crucial for different types of production.

Nightlife/Leisure Activities

Just like good food, the ability to go out and cut loose is necessary for a healthy business. Whether it’s family focused with great bowling, community concerts or simply a great theater, or it’s focused more towards your adult employees and the need to relax with a drink or dancing, the access to leisure activities in your new business location makes assimilation much easier.

Workforce Readiness

Not every business relocates with an armada of employees in tow. In fact, most don’t. Relocating to areas with educated and hard-working labor forces can help your business be prepared to thrive upon arrival. Recruiting in areas with a more labor-ready workforce is much easier as well, meaning you’ll be able to start operations and reach optimal levels of productivity sooner.

Outdoor Access

Sometimes cutting loose means getting on top of a mountain, or finding a lovely stream to fish. Where you decide to place your business has an impact on decision makers and employees alike. Ensuring that you’ve chose a location with access to the great outdoors can provide your team with the ability to cut loose for free and to enjoy the fresh scenery outside the corporate walls.

Local Government Support

Finding a local and state government focused on growing regional economies means your business will be provided key incentives to make a corporate site selection in that region. Whether it’s featuring tax incentives or support from local development corporations, having a local government that provides aid to assimilating and growing your business can seal the deal on a great business location.

Interested in a location that checks all the boxes listed above? Consider the Montana Connections Park. With unparalleled outdoor access, local economic incentives, distribution capability, infrastructure ready to scale, great food, and an exhilarating culture, Butte and the Montana Connections Park is a great home for your business.

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