Governor's Office for Local Development

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, July 18, 2006  
Contact Information:  Dan Bayens
Public Information Officer

Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) has recommended for funding a $250,000 Delta Regional Authority (DRA) grant for Calloway County.  The funding will be used to assist in the purchase of a 15-mile rail line that serves the Murray Industrial Park.  The railway is currently owned by Hardin Southern Rail Line.


“The acquisition of this rail spur will ensure the continued viability of the Murray Industrial Park,” said Governor Fletcher.  “This project will have a direct impact on economic development in Calloway County through the creation of jobs and increased opportunity.”


The Murray-Calloway Economic Development Corporation constructed a rail spur in the Murray Industrial Park after Webasto Roof Systems, Inc. committed to locating a new facility in the area.  The spur ties into the Hardin Southern line, but the company is unable to spend the funds necessary to make the track usable.  The acquired line will serve the existing industrial park and a possible expansion of the park to the north.


The continued use of the rail line by Webasto Roof Systems will allow the company to ship raw materials and finished product more expeditiously.  The plant will employ 150 within two years of beginning the operation.


The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) is a federal-state economic development program restricted to a 21-county area of western Kentucky.  Delta Regional Authority funds are used to help economically-distressed communities leverage other federal, state and local dollars for community development projects that focus on infrastructure development, business development/entrepreneurship and job training services.


The application process for the DRA program is facilitated by the three DRA Area Development Districts – Green River, Pennyrile and Purchase.  Pre-applications are reviewed by GOLD and priority projects are recommended by the Governor.  Full applications are reviewed and considered by DRA for final grant approval.