The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

May 2, 2014

Celebrate the progress of our area

CLINTON — Momentum is an interesting aspect of life.

In sports, the curious abstract notion of momentum is credited with many teams winning games, tournaments and championships. Nobody knows when it starts, but it’s something that is almost impossible to stop.

Sports aren’t the only part of life where momentum can have an effect. And this week’s pages of the Clinton Herald showed one place in this area where the momentum seems to be toward great things only a few imagined.

RAIL.ONE’s ribbon cutting this week displayed the official opening of the Lincolnway Rail and Air Park. We’ve known about the development for years. Now, the state of Iowa and even a few Germans know about the farmland-turned-economic-development tool located in the western part of Clinton.

The land showcased this week didn’t always have a total following, and in some circles, still doesn’t today. However, if we want Clinton to bring in good-paying jobs that will attract families to be in this community on a permanent basis, the railpark is Clinton’s key to progress.

We’ve waited for more than a decade on the Thomson, Ill., prison...and we’re still waiting. With business developments in the railpark, the community will have more jobs and will have an opportunity to showcase itself to attract people to live here, where they can build or buy new homes, fund our local establishments and take leadership positions.

Oh, and those new buildings in the railpark will eventually be assessed for property tax, creating another taxpaying industry to fund our cash-strapped schools and government entities.

This won’t be the end of the celebrating at the railpark. Even when the railpark was only a discussion piece and no one had complained about the investment of the area governments, leaders always commented that once one company moves in, the park will really get moving.

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