Mills County Economic Development Foundation Moves Forward with Rail Initiative

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Glenwood, Iowa, August 6, 2018– The Mills County Economic Development Foundation is working closely with Burlington Northern Santé Fe Railroad officials to develop a world class rail industrial park.   Mills County Economic Development Director Rick Allely noted that the local development group is highly motivated to develop shovel ready sites suited for rail users. Allely stated, “The Mills County Economic Development Foundation and all of our partners have been working diligently over the past several months to evaluate new industrial development sites throughout all of Mills County based on utility access, constructability, and a number of other natural and man-made factors.  We are currently focusing on two areas. The first is non-rail development area known as the Eagle Crossing Business Park located at the new US 34 / I-29 interchange and the second is our rail served area referred to as the Pacific Junction Rail Site.” The two sites place Mills County into a competitive location advantage position due to the location within the Omaha Metropolitan Region, targeted industrial sectors, Iowa’s business programs, competitive utilities, access to a viable labor force, and shovel ready site characteristics.

The first phase of the Pacific Junction Rail Site consists of over 300 acres targeted for heavier industrial users requiring first class rail service.  Allely continued to place emphasis that none of this would be possible without the close working relationships of the Mills County Board of Supervisors, private landowners, and the professional team of the Burlington Northern Santé Fe Railroad.  The site sets within the Omaha metropolitan region and is only 20 minutes from downtown Omaha offering companies with rail logistic needs, a profitable location near their customer base and a large workforce.

Mills County Supervisor Carol Vinton stated, “We Supervisors feel it is important to invest in the County’s future by encouraging new industrial development enhancing our tax base while providing employment opportunities for our citizens and people living throughout Southwest Iowa and our metropolitan region.  Rick and the Mills County Economic Development team have worked well with the Board and many partners to put Mills County Iowa in a great position to win deals. We want new business in Mills County and are ready to work with developers, investors, and companies desiring a profitable location surrounded by new housing, great schools, and many more great characteristics.”

The Mills County Economic Development Foundation works closely with the Iowa Economic Development Authority and many partners to grow Iowa and Mills County.  Director Allely emphasized that none of this is possible without multiple partners working closely together with a common goal and passion for success. Allely and the MCEDF Board of Directors greatly appreciate and thank all the citizens and partners for their support to grow Mills County.  

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