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"Yeah right" was Gina Sheets' first thought when she learned of plans to create a rail line that would move food between northwest Indiana and Tampa. As director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, she knows time-sensitive agricultural products aren't typically moved by train, due to traditionally unreliable and inefficient service. But her initial skepticism was quickly replaced by elation when she learned what kind of rail line was in the works. Nicknamed the "Green Express"—capable of moving frozen and refrigerated products—the CSX transportation line will begin running its route in the coming months, giving Indiana's food producers and farmers their first-ever direct connection to the southeastern U.S., and ultimately, international markets far beyond.
Since the 2010 release of Phase I: A Plan for Indiana's Logistics Future by the Conexus Indiana Logistics Council, the Indiana General Assembly studied and discussed the innovative policy recommendations inside this plan, but up to this point had taken little action. 2013 ended this non-action and turned it into major action. Confucius once said, "It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop." Some of the recommendations that the General Assembly turned into reality this session are not only good for the logistics industry, but for all business and Hoosiers as well. The policies passed will help to create jobs, economic development investment and better infrastructure for our airports, railroads, roads and ports statewide.
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