BNSF today announces a new Site Certification Program aimed at identifying optimal rail-served sites for customer development along BNSF’s network. To launch the new program, BNSF developed a list of candidates and conducted in-depth reviews of 10 economic development criteria to determine if the industrial sites meet BNSF’s stringent readiness standards, which are intended to minimize development risks customers may face.
“BNSF’s Site Certification Program creates significant value for customers who are seeking a rail-served industrial site by accelerating the process required for customer growth and development,” said Colby Tanner, assistant vice president, Economic Development. “BNSF certification means customers will receive an inventory of industrial sites on BNSF’s network that have received a rigorous review to confirm the site is shovel-ready for development.”
As part of the program launch BNSF is pleased to announce that Shafter, Calif., Newton, Kan., Shelby, Mont., and Temple, Texas, achieved the distinction of demonstrating advanced readiness for industrial growth for commercial development projects. The BNSF program allows the certified sites to use the new “BNSF Certified Site” distinction in marketing materials to attract new businesses. BNSF is actively marketing the sites on bnsf.com and will promote the sites to the economic development industry across the country.