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How to use this guide The ensuing chapters of this guide discuss in more detail the requirements for both a good project and a good process in the planning and development of freight facilities (either public or private). This guide for public officials consists of six chapters. Chapter 1: Introduction and Background provides brief background as to the purpose and use of this guide, as well as an overview of types of freight facilities and their role in freight distribution. Chapter 2: Evaluating Freight Facility Impacts and Benefits provides an overview of some of the key factors that go into decision making in terms of costs and benefits to states, regions, or localities. Chapter 3: The Critical Roles of Groundwork and Collaboration discusses how the public sector can prepare the way through successful application of planning methods and tools and can create a collaborative atmosphere to bring about a win-win outcome. Chapter 4: How the Location Selection Process Works provides an overview of how the location selection process for freight facilities is conducted by the private sector. Chapter 5: How Candidate Sites Are Evaluated contains a more detailed discussion of site assessment. Chapter 6: The Changing Landscape (Complicating Factors) provides an overview of ever-changing global factors in the development of freight facilities as well as challenges to be faced in the project development and location process. The reader is reminded that the associated research report, NCFRP Project 23: "Economic and Transportation Drivers for Siting Freight Intermodal and Warehouse Distribution Facilities," and published as NCFRP Web-Only Document 1, serves as the source for much of the material in this guide and may be consulted for more information. All of the source work and references from that document apply to this guide also. 4 Freight Facility Location Selection: A Guide for Public Officials