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Keys to freight facility development success The keys to successful implementation of a freight facility, particularly one that has public sector involvement, usually include: 1. Understanding the supply chain, carriage requirements, and the flow of goods. 2. Providing good connections to transportation infrastructure and operating networks (road, rail, port, etc.). 3. Appreciating the competitive advantages and disadvantages among supply chains, among freight carriers, and among the facilities they use. 4. Examining how proposed developments can affect economic development and local conditions such as traffic flows, noise levels, or utility capacity. 5. Developing land use regulation that allows for development, efficient operation, and transportation connections while maintaining and promoting sustainability. 6. Building public willingness and support of these projects. Successful development of a new or expanded freight facility depends on having a good project, one that meets the site selection needs of the private sector and is consistent with the goals of the public sector. Success also depends on having a good process, one in which the groundwork for success is in place and contingencies have at least been discussed and planned for. A successful outcome is also one in which there has been broad collaboration so that goals have been identified and consensus established. A good project and a good process together are essential if success is to be achieved. The best project can fail because of opposition or lack of community support, and the most collaborative environment will not yield success if the project does not meet a private sector demand. 10 Freight Facility Location Selection: A Guide for Public Officials