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information to individual community economic development agencies if the team needs more specialized information. Communities prepared with available information or a means to readily provide requested information may find themselves in a better position to compete for a facility. The planning team typically constructs an evaluation matrix or model based on this data. By applying the evaluation criteria developed in the strategic planning phase, the team can objectively test how well each of the candidate communities or sites matches the company's Communities which score well needs. The team may test a variety of alternative scenarios to reflect for the team's identified priorities changing priorities. The team also examines how the community or and which can also adapt to site location impacts operating and cost considerations as compared alternative scenarios make the to the network model's ideal location. Communities that score well for "short list" for further analysis. the team's identified priorities and that can also adapt to alternative scenarios make the "short list" for further analysis. Field and site analysis Once a community or region is placed on the short list, the location planning team will further evaluate specific sites or facilities within the area. At this stage, the location team may seek the assistance of local government or economic development officials to explore possible sites, find out about permitting and regulatory requirements, and learn more about transportation and utility infrastructure. This communication will allow a better understanding of the actual operating environment in the community and can also serve to begin the negotiation process for land, facilities, and public assistance or incentives where appropriate. At the same time, the company will enter into discussions with land or facility owners on selected properties to ascertain: 36 Freight Facility Location Selection: A Guide for Public Officials