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Certified Megasite Links Elizabethtown to the World

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he CSX certification (April 12th) of the 1,551-acre Glendale Megasite seven miles south of Elizabethtown, Ky., has cemented the Hardin County area as a major player in the site selection network of the United States.

With direct access to both Interstate 65 and a CSX Railroad line, the shovel-ready site puts two-thirds of the U.S. population within a one-day truck drive or less. The site is fully owned by Hardin County government with industrial zoning already in place. Essential utilities: water, sewer, natural gas, electricity, and telecommunications including broadband connectivity are available.

"The distinction of being named a CSX Megasite by McCallum Sweeney Consulting is a tremendous benefit to the Glendale site in Elizabethtown," Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said while making the announcement on site. "The site has previously been a finalist in many potential large-scale projects and this new honor will once again put a spotlight on this prime piece of shovel-ready property."

The site is located directly on the main north-south route through the heart of the country — Interstate 65 — and is only 45 minutes from Louisville International Airport via I-65. The site is also only 50 miles from I-64 in Louisville and just 70 miles from I-75.

Connected to the state's parkway system, operators on the site can transport goods quickly via four-lane highways to any location in Kentucky, including the worldwide hub of UPS in Louisville.

The area is served by The Elizabethtown Community and Technical College that provides a ready-made work force for almost any large operation. "We have very low turnover rates here in our local facilities," says Rick Games, president and COO of the Elizabethtown/Hardin County Industrial Foundation. "Many of the people here are used to working on farms. They are very loyal and dedicated workers."

With aggressive state incentives available thanks to new legislation, Games said the area is "looking for a large-scale client."

For more information on the Glendale Megasite and other opportunities in the Hardin County area, contact Rick Games at 270-737-0300 or by e-mail at rgames@eifky.org. On the web, go to www.eifky.org.


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