Intermodal Comes To Wood County Along With 2-3,000 Jobs

I attended a meeting this afternoon at the Wood County offices to hear about the Intermodal facility being built in North Baltimore. This is not a dream, it is a reality. A big, fat, $80 million reality for Wood County. There were a number of Lucas County people there from the private sector, I saw none that I recognized from the Toledo administration or Lucas County.
CSX will put $80 into North Baltimore beginning sometime this year. They have committed to it as part of their National Gateway program. When this program is finished by 2015 there will have been at least $130 million spent on two terminals in Ohio, and a benefit of $267 million to the state.
Where does Toledo sit in all this? On the sidelines for now. While the mayor and council spar over castrating pit bulls, seniors getting a break on trash fees, and whether we should continue to fund the ESM other cities are moving forward.
Thursday Tom Blaha the Director of the Wood County Economic Development Corporation will be my guest at 7:30a. I point this out not because I need the ratings, the recent ratings show WSPD to be the top AM station in town and only beat by two FM's in our demo. I mention it because instead of paying attention to Britney Spears, the latest country artist, or another humorous Bob and Tom bit you and your neighbors need to know why we are lagging behind North Baltimore for God's sake when it comes to economic development.
Here's some numbers to think about until tomorrow. $130 million to be spent in Ohio, none in Lucas County, $80 million in North Baltimore not Toledo, 2-3,000 jobs in North Baltimore not Toledo.
Balls in our court, what do we do now?

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The irony is unlike bass pro, where Toledo is at a competitive disadvantage, this is completely under our control. You can also see the November article here:

http://swampbubbles.com/intermodal-to-be-built-in-north-batimore

We need to hear this over and over until it sinks in the voters' ears. This needs to be a campaign issue

... 2 to 3 thousand jobs were lost to Toledoans? Oh, please.

Fred, I don't think you understand how desperate people really are around here, hence 5000 people from Toledo will apply for these jobs, and will COMMUTE to North Baltimore even if gas hits $10/gal.

White Flight means a LOT of gasoline will be spent. Since people feel so strongly against inner cities and Blacks, this will just continue. I'm sure CSX didn't care a whit about commute times.

Great example of the thinking in Lucas County. Instead of demanding answers as to why we aren't doing this , Sensor comes up with some crap about white flight. I don't know one person who would pay $10 a gal to travel for a job in North Baltimore, if you do Sensor you must hang around with some very stupid people. And just to clarify, I never said Toledo lost those jobs I pointed out they were being created in Wood County, not here. Please, don't anyone give Sensor the ball again.

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I don't hang around stupid people. But I do read them.

GuestZero != SensorG

The thinking in Lucas County is that ONE development site can only go in ONE place. That place just happens to be North Baltimore. If the site had gone in Toledo, people on the North Baltimore whatever blog would have had one of their radio personalities berating them for "Wood County thinking".

The REAL thinking taking place here is that when you don't have a job or you only have a pathetic job (which are common offerings in Toledo), then you'll commute. Commuting is a fact of life in America, Ohio and Toledo.

Check the local gasoline prices, Fred. $4 will be here soon. Gas was $1.19 in 1999. People just commuted MORE since 1999. Sure, there's a limit, but the Oil Barons in public offices will ensure that we find out what that limit is, exactly.

Americans prove yearly they can absorb yet another $500 in increased costs of health care, energy and food. The people in Europe get by with gasoline north of $6/gal. Combine the inevitable increase in gas prices with the fact of commuting in America today, and you ONLY conclude that people will commute to North Baltimore rather than continue submitting to Manpower Meat Delivery Services and other labor pimps.

P.S. Remember, Ford said it best: "Because they're Whiter."

I know people who would consider traveling to a job in North Baltimore.

If you could organize a carpool with others making the trip to/from Lucas county, it would make it a little more manageable.

Ah! Obscenity, the last refuge of the ignorant. If you can't think of anything intelligent to add to the discussion maybe you should stop reading and move on. Although your continued posts will only prove my point I suppose. I guess the upside is you could at least spell the four letter word.

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Nice – instead of acknowledging your mistake where you put me down and insult the company you spend time imaging that I keep. You turn it around on me because I chose to use a word that I knew your get your attention.

Maybe you’re just scared because you realized that you had a senior moment…

Just to make it clear old man – Guest Zero <> SensorG

I merely suggested that if GUEST were hanging with people who would spend $10 a gal to drive 37 miles one way for a job that those people must be stupid. If I hurt your feelings SENSOR I apologize. it would make it so much easier to deal with people if they weren't so afraid to just go by thier real names. but I realize then they might be less likely to use personal attacks and obscenities. So just to get this straight guest believes in white flight, sensor believes pointing out mistakes by using foul language, and neither of them has really addressed the question which is why Lucas County and Toledo are not on board this and similar projects. Although I guess looking at thier responses you can surmise quit a bit about that.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

great job on muddying-up your own post. If you can't keep 'Guest' and 'Sensor' straight, why would you do a better job with 'Frank' or 'Larry' or 'Pam' and 'Sally'?

BTW, my actual name is Chris, but I might phone into your show sometime as 'Ernie'.

Hope you still take my call.

Great point Ernie. This discussion is realing moving forward now. Anyone else agree with Earline about the need to keep names straight? Please post under whatever assumed screen name or real name you choose. Thanks for calling me on the post McCloskey I will be careful next time. Wow!

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Who is "fred"?

Pink Slip

You

can call him Troy. I am sure he would not have a problem with it.

If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth. ~Japanese Proverb

Seems that the disadvantage lies in the planning used when the city was set out, whereas, Wood County has wide plains and easy on and off access from 75 and other routes.

Actually we are at no disadvantage at all. The land across from the airport has a slip that gives access to the turnpike which is connected to everything else. We have a port which they do not, we have an airport which is already set up for cargo which they do not. Their facility is mostly train-train, train-truck. We could be train-train, train-truck, train-air, train-ship.

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So, the quest for the reason(s) why companies are expanding or setting up shop in other counties, is still unknown.

If it is not access to highways and byways or train or water ways, what is holding the area back?

Reputation, image, other counties have been systems or better ways of unfluencing people to locate there.

Have you not been paying attention. I know you blog on a lot of different sites so you must be interested in local events. The reason this area is not growing is because of it's lack of leadership, and petty mayor. Finkbeiner and the commissioners are dragging thier feet on this because of personality conflicts with the people involved.

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Well, paid enough attention to the latest report that highlights some of the trouble we face.

The city seems to be too close for rail service in some respects to make loading and unloading cost effective.

The distance from North Baltimore lends itself for truck transportation.

Truckers because of fees on the turnpikes tend to stand on the free roads, like 75 and so on.

Still seems that the city was developed with Lake Erie in mind and not road traffic.

With train transportation being touted as an efficient manner to move goods, we loose out because of the way the railroad system is, for now.

There have been many many studies and there seems to be more but there also seems to be movement from groups in the area.

And when the pressure from the groups and businesses becomes too much the administration, which ever is in office, will be forced to take action.

Perhaps if we were to contact the groups and agencies involved and put pressure on them to get moving they will inturn apply pressure on the stuck gear(s) in the process.

It seems that the areas problems took quite some time to get this far and there is no quick fix.

Strange, because I read on Glass City Jungle that the Port Authority secured a grant to build a freight access road leading to the south side of the airport. Sounds the government is trying to attract an intermodal partner, but McMahon's group isn't involved.

I can't fault their decision. McMahon's site is far from shovel-ready, but the south side has an available cargo apron and will soon have a freight road. Utility upgrades, which will cost an estimated $5M, will be required, but those will likely follow a JEDD agreement between Toledo & Swanton Twp.. And no, we're not going to run new water mains out to the airport before a solid intermodal development project is announced. That's asinine. If you feel it is a wise investment to run water lines to the hinterlands in the hope that someone will build, take a trip to Youngstown. They're ripping up the unused infrastructure laid down in the 1950s.

Local governments are not holding up McMahon's project, the lack of capital investors is the reason that land is still unused. And I understand why no investors are interested in a large intermodal hub on his site. It's hard to convince an air freight company to buy the property on the north side of the field and construct a new apron when they look across the runway and see a large, unused apron.

Though it sounds strange, more government intervention may be the key to getting a new intermodal hub on the south side of the airport. While triple trailer traffic is limited to the turnpike, I believe that Ohio's Home Rule clause allows municipalities to waive truck restrictions on designated routes, but townships cannot. If Swanton or Toledo annexed the land around the west side of the airport, they should be able to allow triple trailers to exit the Turnpike and proceed to the south side of the airport via US 20A. Any advantage the Turnpike-adjacent land had is lost if triple trailers are allowed on the roads around TOL.

While I've got your ear, what did the LCIC crew say about the McMahon proposal?
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There's a city full of walls you can post complaints at

Then the other side of the spectrum are the people in media and elsewhere that do not want our tax dollars spent on attracting or enticing businesses to the area.

Business should just set up shop and get it done.

Well, sure, then who pays for the changes to exsisting infrastructure, as in access roads, railway lines, etc.

Business? Is going to invest that heavily in an area, like here, with out some intervention from the city or county government?

I'll ask Jim Hartung when I meet with him Monday morning, should I look for you in the room, you seem to know an awful lot.

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I think if we all asked more questions to form the basis of our discussions with each other, we would conversations with content.

I just look at what is written and ponder for sometime and let things play through and then review the issue again and ask, why, how come.

It is not knowing "a lot", it is asking why, how come and looking around us, while some succeed and grow and prosper, we fin flip around like a fish out of water.

Wood County is getting the deals done, we can too, can't we?

And wondering what would be so bad if we somehow worked with Wood County, piggyback maybe, and get some movement going up here, instead of more studies and reviews.

Perhaps the time to implement the findings of the studies and reviews is at hand.

NC, this isn't about us piggybacking on North Baltimore. They have a wonderful deal with CSX that will provide jobs and dollars. What Lucas County needs to do is pursue a deal with CN and NS. Norfolk Southern has a rail line that goes past the the airport, the land is owned already, and the growth in rail freight is expected to be double digits by 2020. Goods coming from ports in Canada will be railed across Canada through Detroit to Toledo and from there everywhere across the country.
I know you don't listen to SPD, I've seen you mention it elsewhere. But you owe it to yourself to hear the interviews with the Wood County Dir. of Economic Development, and with Brian McMahon which are available at wspd.com. The link is on the first page and says podcasts from Fred LeFebvre

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

I did not intend to piggy back.

What I was, and am, getting at, is that for years, if not decades, the city leadership was content with the status quo.

Auto industry was humming along, jobs, car sales, and so on, life was good.

Instead of reacting to the dark clouds gathering on the horizon, there was no planning for the future. The attitude or thinking was, we have the auto industry, who needs any thing more.

I have read comments about what Lucas County should do, and I have read the comments about the expansion of the system near the airport.

In the year 2020, rail growth will double, well sure. There are other unknowns, that may impact that. Cost of fuel, diesel, etc. Has to be passed onto someone.

We are talking decades for future growth, which brings me right back to what I mentioned before, the lack of planning in the past, near present and present, is inadequate.

Which you and I are not in disagreement about.

What we may not hear or see, does not mean some where there is not some discussion going on, etc.

Will the train tracks and business pass us by? I hope not.

Is our city, county, state leadership listening, taking note and reacting to the needs, I hope so.

I think we need to work around an obstacle that is blocking our way, until the obstacle sees itself for what it is, an obstacle.

All the talk and studies are not worth much, if there is no action.

Many call for business to step up and get the job done, maybe we need to call on them to do so, and the obstacle will react.

... in the past was IGNORE the future, then it only stands to reason that what is happening now is an outright RESISTANCE to the future. The government wants to grow without bound even though the tax base is shrinking. That's more than denial -- it's an outright ATTACK on the citizens.

Once Toledo's pols show that they're capable of SHRINKING the government to prepare for a future of resource scarcity (and a present of an obvious smaller tax base), then I'll cooperate with their economic plans. Until then, all I've got to say to Toledo pols is: DOWNSIZE!

"Economic development" is just a well-designed scam played by the politicians upon the populace to compensate for a blatant obsolescence of government. In effect, pols play the ED game to make themselves look busy and important to the citizens. They largely get away with it since the populace is not only scared, but is rather dumb from all the mind-numbing public schooling that we've been saddled with.

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