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Meade County River Port sparks economic interest

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Greer says the Meade County River Port is exactly what the area needed to attract other development. Greer says the Meade County River Port is exactly what the area needed to attract other development.
Consolidated Grain and Barge is the first and only tenant at the Meade County River Port right now but it might not be for long. Consolidated Grain and Barge is the first and only tenant at the Meade County River Port right now but it might not be for long.
Officials broke ground on the river port in early January after years of political and legal fighting about how to fund the project. Officials broke ground on the river port in early January after years of political and legal fighting about how to fund the project.

LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- It took years to develop, but officials in Meade County are confident its river port will bring big business to the area.

Consolidated Grain and Barge is the first and only tenant at the Meade County River Port right now but it might not be for long.

"This area right here is perfect for industry," said Jeff Greer, State Representative for Dist. 27.

Greer says the Meade County River Port is exactly what the area needed to attract other development.

"We have more river mileage than any other county in the commonwealth," he told WDRB.

Officials broke ground on the river port in early January after years of political and legal fighting about how to fund the project.

Back then, it was an empty field.

Now, it's home to Consolidated Grain and Barge.

The Meade County location has made it more convenient for farmers who used to have to travel to Owensboro or Jeffersonville to drop off grain.

"That's the main way we got the word out was just communicating with the customers we already had established with Jeffersonville because a lot of them are closer to here than they are Jeffersonville," said Kendra Snyder, superintendent for Consolidated Grain & Barge.

"It's been a very successful venture thus far. We've had a lot of farmers in this area bring their crops here as opposed to driving great distances to take their crops," added Greer.

There's room for more development at the river port and that's what officials are hoping it will bring.

Greer says building new roads equipped to handle commercial trucks is also key.

"It is a start for us in our hope to become more viable in economic development," said Greer.

Brandenburg Mayor David Pace told WDRB area officials have been in talks with four different companies with interest in locating here to the Meade County River Port.

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