Governor Dayton, City Leaders Celebrate Groundbreaking of International Falls Facility

By KBJR News 1

August 30, 2012 Updated Aug 30, 2012 at 6:54 PM CDT

International Falls, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton joined local leaders and community members for the groundbreaking of the Multi Modal Facility in International Falls Thursday.

Rain caused the event to move indoors, but the ceremony continued nevertheless.

"There's such a spirit here and determination to make this city succeed," said Governor Dayton in an address to those at the groundbreaking ceremony.

The city of International Falls is hoping success is what comes from the building of its Multi Modal Facility District, a project city leaders hope not only creates jobs in the area, but grows industry.

"When you talk about transportation, infrastructure and logistics, this area truly is rich with it and we have what it takes to grow that industry," said Director of Economic and Community Development, Shawn Mason.

City leaders say that once the facility is operational, it will create five jobs. They say that in five years, it could create 50 jobs.

"It's also going to be a magnet for other jobs, other things that could happen, because infrastructure is so important," said Governor Dayton.

One of the reasons the project could be so successful in aiding the city's economy is its location. The 77.2 acre site, where the facility will be constructed, is right next to the busiest rail line in North America.

"It's ideal for a company or companies that would like to have that type of infrastructure in place for shipping out for storage, for warehousing, for repackaging," said Mason.

The city was given more than $650,000 from the state's Transportation Economic Development Program for phase one of the project. Construction is expected to begin next spring.

Written for the web by Jennifer Austin.