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Ohio Rail Development Commission meets in Defiance
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Thursday, May 02, 2013 7:40 PM

DEFIANCE – The recently purchased Napoleon, Defiance and Western Railroad (ND&W, formerly the M&W RR) was the subject discussed at a meeting held by the Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC) May 2 in Defiance.

The ND&W runs through Henry, Defiance and Paulding counties in Ohio and extends into Woodburn, Ind.

Tony Langham, Paulding County Economic Development director, represented Paulding County. Other attendees included the ORDC, the ND&W, representatives from Gov. Kasich’s office, Rep. Latta’s office, Sen. Portman’s office, Defiance County Commissioners and ED office, Henry County ED office, and Jobs Ohio.

The goal of all attendees is to upgrade the short line rail for better safety, service and dependability. A cooperative mood was expressed by all as this rail could be a very good economic development asset to the area. Avenues for funding repairs to the line were discussed, which included pursuing grants and low-interest loans.

The next step will be a meeting of the ND&W, Henry, Paulding and Defiance county commissioners and economic development directors to plan on short- and long-term repair goals and financing.