$10,000 in funding for wetland study presented to Little River County Intermodal Authority

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Pictured left to right: Ashdown, Ark. Mayor James Sutton; County Judge Mike Cranford; Secretary of the Intermodal Authority Board Tyler Davis; SWEPCO External Affairs Manager Jennifer Harland; Economic Development Director Vicki Williamson; President of the Intermodal Authority Board Darrell Coker; Chancellor UA Cossatot,  Steve Cole, Ph.D., and SWEPCO Economic & Business Development Manager Eric Basinger

SWEPCO presented Little River County Intermodal Authority with funding to complete a wetland study before they begin construction on a facility.

The facility would help with the transportation of goods in roughly a 300 mile radius of Little River County by either truck or rail.

It would also cut transportation costs for businesses, according to Economic Development Director Vicki Williamson.

“These types of projects are what AEP’s economic development programs are all about,” said Economic & Business Development Manager Eric Basinger. “We help build better communities by helping companies build infrastructure and create jobs.”

The intermodal facility will be located adjacent to Domtar Paper Mill and will sit on approximately 100 acres.

According to Board President Darrel Coker, the facility new will employee 50-75 people and have room for growth.

“Our economic development program allows us to assist local partners catalyze growth opportunities and be more than just a power supplier to our customers,” said External Affairs Manager Jennifer Harland. “We are a true partner.”

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