The next few years could birth major development in the region in-part because of railroad traffic.
The clean-up of Cole War Era radiative materials at the Piketon Gaseous Diffusion Plant, have had another positive impact on southern Ohio- other than the obvious. The contract for Fluor Corporation to clean-up the site, required they also lend a hand in helping four southern Ohio counties ramp-up their efforts to draw jobs to the region.
Christopher Manegold of the Economic Development Alliance of Southern Ohio says the economic development initiative for Ross, Pike, Jackson and Scioto counties led to them getting two consultants from Fluor to assist with that effort.
While recovery from the recession might be slower than most of us would prefer, local economic development officials see a much brighter day on the horizon. Manegold says we will see positive impact from the expansion of the Panama Canal. That means goods will be shipped to the gulf and east coasts instead of just the west coast, leading to major cargo and shipping logistics needs and possibly spin-off industries throughout the Scioto Valley region.
One aspect of that will be the Rickenbacker Intermodal in northeast Pickaway County, which some experts believe could create more than 20,000 jobs in the region.