Over the past 30 years, the country has witnessed an increase from just 70 short line and regional railroads to more than 550 across 49 states. Short lines have provided small and large businesses and local producers much needed access to larger markets, but what can often be overlooked is the crucial role they play in economic development.
Each year CSX’s Industrial Development team recognizes a select number of individuals and organizations that have been instrumental in working with our team in either a particular economic development project or a series of them. We call it the Partnershipping Award. Congratulations to Brian Moody of Tuscola Economic Development Inc. as well as the Development Authority of Bryan County, Georgia for partnership in economic development.
As someone who has worked as a local economic developer, I understand the amount of time and energy it takes to develop a site from a “green field” to a marketable industrial site ready for a prospective company. But what if the site can be rail served, and what if you have a non-rail using prospect with interest in this site? How do you preserve this site for a rail required company?
CSX’s Select Site program reviews manufacturing and distribution development sites along the CSX network that can rapidly utilize freight rail service. This designation confirms that the most time-consuming technical and regulatory aspects of development are already complete.