CSX Corp. announced Friday that the Belfast Commerce Centre in Bryan County, Ga., is the first location in the state to receive a "CSX Select Site" designation.
Construction just began on the commerce center, a 1,100-acre industrial park located near Interstate 95 and 16 miles from the Port of Savannah.
Through the Select Site program, CSX reviews manufacturing and distribution development sites along its network that could rapidly utilize freight-rail service. The designation confirms that standard land use issues have been addressed and that the site is ready for development. To be chosen as a Select Site, a location must meet certain criteria.
"The Select Site certification provides certainty for companies seeking industrial property for manufacturing operations, and allows for increased speed to market and reduced development risk," said Clark Robertson, CSX's assistant vice president of regional development, in a prepared statement.
CSX introduced the Select Sites program earlier this year. The Class I partnered with site selection and certification consulting firm The Austin Co. to screen candidate locations, and assist communities with the application and certification process.
CSX previously certified seven other locations in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and North and South Carolina as Select Sites.
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