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Some economic growth in Brunswick County could help one of the fastest growing areas in Columbus County -- at least, that's what Columbus officials hope. Some economic growth in Brunswick County could help one of the fastest growing areas in Columbus County -- at least, that's what Columbus officials hope.

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Some economic growth in Brunswick County could help one of the fastest growing areas in Columbus County -- at least, that's what Columbus officials hope.

A train hasn't traveled through a majority of the county in nearly two years, but last week, officials with CSX announced the Mid-Atlantic Industrial Rail Park in Brunswick County has been designated as a CSX select site, which means it will be used for manufacturing.

That site in Brunswick County is near the Columbus County line.

Gary Lanier, the Economic Director in Columbus County, says that they have several hundred acres of railroad in the Delco/Riegelwood area that's already being operated by CSX, which is why he believes that the news that officials in Brunswick County received last week is also good news to his county.

"Economic development doesn't recognize a county line," said Lanier. "It doesn't recognize a state line. People will drive across the county line in a heartbeat to go to work. So we would love for a large company go into the Mid-Atlantic Industrial Park at the county line with Brunswick County."

As far as other parts of Columbus County where there hasn't been a train year almost two years, Lanier says that a couple of people are showing interest in taking over for Carolina Southern and getting railroad tracks up to government standards.

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