From the Enquirer:
Over the short and long terms, there is nothing more important than rail transportation when considering how to create job growth in our region.
Today, talent – particularly young talent – is attracted to place before they select a job or even a career. In fact, many estimates show that two-thirds of young talent (ages 22-35) choose the place they want to live before they choose a job. Place is more important to young people today than it was for our parents and grandparents.
When you take this fact, and add it to the fact that nine of the top 10 regions most successful at attracting young talent have rail transportation options, the most critical factor is revealed: rail transportation. Young talent votes with their feet, and they are voting for (moving to) places with rail.