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Who should use this guide? This guide has been prepared for use by public officials at all levels. Economic development, planning, and other government entities and elected officials at the local, regional, and state level recognize that trade and freight activity result in employment and investment opportunities and so have increasingly sought new strategies for attracting freight-related activities to their communities. How transportation and freight facility requirements interact with other economic factors to influence location decisions made by the private sector is typically somewhat less understood by the public sector. This guide condenses and focuses research findings of NCFRP Project 23 with the specific aim of providing local officials with the background and understanding with which to explore, attract, and prepare for expanded industrial and freight facility development in their jurisdictions as well as providing a practical manual for understanding freight issues and dynamics. Economic development agencies have sometimes seen transportation infrastructure as a key driver to many such location decisions. Some may have read about intermodal site success stories, such as Columbus Inland Port in Ohio or Alliance Industrial Park in Texas, and their ability to attract new business. Less understood, perhaps, is how the combination of transportation, economic, and other location drivers makes them successful attractors of business and investment. Freight Facility Location Selection: A Guide for Public Officials 3