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SAVING RAIL LINE IN TIOGA COUNTY IS GOOD NEWS, GOV. CASEY SAYS

 HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Gov. Robert P. Casey today hailed the transfer of a 35-mile rail line between New York State and Pennsylvania as good news for businesses and their employees in the Wellsboro area of Tioga County.
 The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced Thursday that ownership of the line between Corning, N.Y., and Wellsboro had been turned over to Growth Resources of Wellsboro (GROW) by Conrail, which had planned to abandoned it.
 GROW purchased the line with the aid of a $500,000 state grant which Casey promised when he and his cabinet went to Wellsboro in July 1990 and designated the community as Pennsylvania's Capital for a Day.
 "The continuation of this vital service will help ensure a secure, prosperous new year for the industries in Tioga County that rely on the service and for the jobs that depend on those industries," Casey said today.
 The state grant helped GROW, Tioga County's economic development organization, to raise $2.35 million to purchase and rehabilitate the line. Conrail had announced in 1989 that it would abandon the line in three years.
 Tioga County businesses that depend on the line include GTE Products, a maker of electrical components; Borden Co., a maker of food products that is a major buyer of milk from area farmers; Dietrich's Milk Products, a local dairy producer; and Cornell Brothers, an agricultural supply company.
 Together, the firms employ more than 500 workers with an annual payroll of over $11 million.
 "The Commonwealth served as the catalyst for saving this vitally needed rail line by contributing $500,000 and securing $700,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission and another $850,000 in federal funding," Casey said.
 "This is indeed a happy ending to what could have been a serious economic setback for Tioga County. It once again proves that when government and the private sector work in partnership, we can overcome any challenge and preserve and create jobs."
 GROW raised nearly $300,000 in a local fundraising effort.
 The rail line will be operated by the Wellsboro-Corning Railroad Co.
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 /CONTACT: John L. Taylor, deputy press secretary of the Commonwealth News Bureau, 717-783-1116/


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