CCEDC’s President/CEO, Charlie Walker and CCEDC Board member Steve Gerrish were given the opportunity to participate in a freight rail familiarization tour on the Progressive Rail, Inc. (PGR) short line- their tour took them from Chippewa Falls to New Auburn, WI. During the familiarization tour PGR staff members and CCEDC discussed the importance of freight rail to business and the health of local, national, and global markets. Chippewa County is fortunate to be served by three railroads — the Canadian National (CN), PGR, and the Union Pacific (UP), as well as the CN Intermodal Facility in Chippewa Falls. Chippewa County's rail system provides direct access to 100% of the U.S. population, all major Canadian markets, and to international shipping ports. Transporting goods by freight rail can move huge volumes of goods and products to the global marketplace like no other form of ground transportation. Having a reliable and effective transportation infrastructure is crucial to our position in the global marketplace and economic competitiveness.