Friday, September 28, 2012

Greenfield, Ohio receives EDA grant for rail spur

The Village of Greenfield, Ohio, received a $2.2-million grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for improvements to a rail line in Highland County. The project is expected to create 72 jobs and save more than 800 at local companies.

"Improving the Greenfield rail line will create construction jobs now and make permanent upgrades attracting new companies to Highland County and allowing existing ones to expand markets and ramp-up production," U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said.

In March, Brown urged the EDA to approve the Village of Greenfield's grant application. In April, EDA notified the community of deficiencies in its application and though significant improvements were made to address the deficiencies, the application was denied in July. After working with Sen. Brown's office to strengthen the application and a September meeting where representatives from Brown's office urged EDA to move forward, the application was approved.

The $2,262,787 EDA grant will allow the Village of Greenfield to move forward on structural enhancements to the line that runs from Greenfield to Midland. The improvements will provide regional manufacturers with more reliable transportation options and allow the region's industrial manufacturing cluster to grow.

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