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SHORTER, Alabama – Officials in Macon County believe their county is poised for growth thanks to its strategic location along Interstate 85 and a roster of industrial sites that have strong logistical advantages including rail access.

In fact, Macon County last year became the first in Alabama to receive a CSX Select Site designation. CSX says its Select Site program reviews the most capable manufacturing and distribution development properties along its network that can rapidly utilize freight rail service. The program is meant to help communities identify and prepare sites that can compete for new investment and jobs.

Macon County’s site is a 277-acre property along the Hyundai-Kia automotive corridor along I-85, which connects Montgomery and Atlanta. The Macon County site is one of just a dozen sites in the nation to receive the Select Site designation, according to information on CSX’s web site. (A site in Montgomery recently joined the list.)

DCOM-Ag-SnipeThe Macon County site is in close proximity to Auburn and Tuskegee universities, offering the prospect of collaboration for a company that ends up locating there. The county already receives research support from the two universities, as well as agricultural extension support.

Photo by: Alabama Governor Robert Bentley visits Cullman Yutaka Technologies LLC, Aug. 8, 2013.
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