U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) says a public-private partnership is working well in southeast Iowa.
Macomb is in talks with BNSF that could help the city expand. The plan is to annex the railroad's right-of-way westward to the future site of the Macomb bypass.
“Our primary goal is to take advantage of those folks willing to come in that are businesses -- commercial developments -- that bring sales tax revenue in to the city,” said Mayor Mike Inman.
He said the annexation might also increase the city's population base, though he feels that would be “icing on the cake.”
Inman said Macomb and BNSF have been in negotiations for the better part of a year.