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Genesis part of area’s ‘think I can’ attitude

Most of us have heard the homespun logic put forth in author Robert Fulghum’s book “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.”

It’s a good primer for the basic dos and don’ts of the adult world.

But could it be possible that a community could have learned about economic development from a children’s book?

If the idea seems a bit far-fetched at first, consider the news this week that Genesis Energy, arguably one of the area’s most successful and fastest growing new industries, received its first unit train on its property at the Natchez-Adams County Port.

A unit train is simply a locomotive train hauling cars that all carry the same commodity, in this case a thick petroleum product called bitumen. The benefit of a unit train is that it’s more efficient than having a train that has a few cars with this material and a few cars with that material, all of which have to be handled and switched carefully at each stop along the route.

For Genesis the news signals a milestone in its production. The unit train’s arrival means Genesis has increased production enough to be able to begin reaching its next goal of unloading a train per day.

That’s a huge undertaking and a sign of just how far Natchez’s industrial base has begun changing over the last few years.

A few years ago, the lone rail line coming into Natchez was on the brink of abandonment due to a lack of traffic. Now, it’s booming with business.

All it took was a little luck and a line from the children’s book, “The Little Engine That Could,” — I think I can; I think I can.

We think Natchez-Adams County and the greater Miss-Lou can do amazing things, but it starts by believing big things are possible.

Many significant hills to climb remain ahead, but with a slow, steady determination, we can do it.

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