Reviewed by: Pat Byington
Big win for Alabama! This week, an industrial site in Montgomery was designated as the only “Gold Level” site in the nation. Read on to find out what this means for Alabama’s capital.
What does “Gold Level” mean?
One 230-acre plot of land off U.S. HWY 31 in Montgomery, the CNJ industrial site, has gotten a lot of attention—specifically from CSX Transportation. CSX has awarded Bronze, Silver and Gold designations to eight industrial sites in the US.
However, only Montgomery’s CNJ industrial site received the top-tier “Gold Level”” designation” status. Equipped with this designation, the site will compete for some of the world’s biggest and best industrial projects.
“This designation makes Montgomery an even more attractive place for the best industrial projects, which will in turn help accelerate our growth and creation of great-paying jobs.”Mayor Steven Reed
But why is the CNJ site so special? Here are just some of the reasons:
- Proximity to U.S. HWY 31, U.S. HWY 331, U.S. HWY 80, I-65, I-85 and the Montgomery Regional Airport
- Heavy industrial zoned
- On-site utility access
- On-site testing—Phase Environmental Site Assessment, Preliminary Geotechnical Exploration, Preliminary Wetland Assessment and Historical and Cultural Resource Assessment (Montgomery Chamber)
Montgomery Water Works owns the site, and their Chairman of the Board explained why the CSX Select Site program is such an important program.
“There is a shortage of fully prepared industrial sites, which is why this CSX program is vitally important. Fortunately, here in Montgomery we have been very creative in identifying outstanding sites for large-scale industrial development.”Ray Roton, Chairman of the Board, Montgomery Water Works
This honor comes on the heels of booming economic development in Montgomery over the past two years.
“The past two years have been historic for economic development in Montgomery. We are proud to continue building on that momentum with our partners as we cultivate a climate where businesses not only survive—but thrive.”Mayor Steven Reed
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