Petersburg area site along I-69 extension now ready for development


Officials in Pike County say a more than 340-acre site near the  Interstate 69 extension there is moving closer to development.

The Pike County Economic Development Corporation says a state agency recently declared the tract as site Certified Silver.

That designation means the land has a clear title, access to utilities, local support and other qualities that make it ripe for development. The site is a half-mile from I-69’s State Road 61 interchange near Petersburg, about 40 miles northeast of Evansville.

Bill Konyha is executive director of Indiana’s Office of Community and Rural Affairs. He says the location offers a “perfect storm” for economic development.

The site owned by Solar Sources Inc. is part of an 8,000-acre tract that coal company also owns.