Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) has attained Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. (BNSF) Railway’s Site Certification designation for New Century AirCenter. The Southwest Johnson County EDC compiled the application for the BNSF Certification program as a service for the Johnson County Airport Commission.
BNSF’s industrial site certification program supports the railroad’s larger initiative of developing business parks and/or rail-served sites along its network. The program identifies optimal rail-served sites and conducts in-depth reviews of 10 economic development criteria to determine if the site meets BNSF’s stringent readiness standards, which are intended to minimize development risks customers may face.
BNSF Certified Sites are reviewed by an industry expert to ensure accurate, reliable data with the goal of providing an inventory of rail-served sites that are available for immediate development.
“This certification increases New Century AirCenter’s ability to speed up the development process while reducing facility construction time and costs,” said Ed Eilert, chairman of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners.
“New Century AirCenter is perfectly positioned along BNSF’s network. Having this certification highlights how companies can maximize the efficiencies of locating directly to the supply chain,” said Aaron Otto, executive director, Johnson County Airport Commission.
BNSF Certified Sites are a part of the Premier Parks, Sites and Transload Program, which is a strategic approach to addressing the increasing demand for customer site locations by developing various types of facilities across the BNSF network.
“Attaining this certification will increase marketing opportunities at New Century AirCenter,” said Greg Martinette, president, Southwest Johnson County EDC. “Reducing risks while offering rail-served companies a customized approach to transportation and property solutions is a game-changer.”
About Southwest Johnson County EDC
A collaboration of the city of Gardner and New Century AirCenter, the EDC is responsible for landing businesses and driving growth as well as nurturing and assisting existing businesses. A community-driven organization, the EDC packages, markets and sells the region locally, regionally, nationally and beyond. As the central distribution point with national and international access to transportation of goods via land, air and rail, the area is at the intersection of connection. For more information, visit www.businessmoveshere.com.