A 288-acre tract of land in Van Meter and the 255-acre Metro West Interstate and Rail Park in Dexter are among the first "development-ready" industrial sites certified under a state program that is intended to point developers toward land that is ready to accept their projects. Gov. Terry Branstad and Iowa Economic Development Authority Director Debi Durham said the two sites, along with locations in Iowa Falls and Fort Dodge, were the first pieces of industrial ground to receive the "development-ready" designation. According to a release,"developers -- working closely with their local officials, utility partners and consultants -- are better prepared to market their sites with specific site-related information and community data.  All site due diligence is completed and resulting issues are mitigated, making the site 'risk-free' and thus accelerating the development schedule." About 200 acres of the Van Meter Vision Park have been developed for a data center. Read more about the shovel-ready program in the Business Record.