SANTA TERESA, N.M. - As construction of Union Pacific's $400-million rail facility picks up steam, the company is hopeful it will have more good than bad economic news to report in 2013.

It's also making new efforts to be more friendly and better connect with the communities it calls home.

"We were a little late in discovering that we had lost track and lost connection with most communities we are in," said Bob Turner, Union Pacific's senior vice president of corporate relations. "We are going to be engaged. We are going to talk, we are going to discuss and try to be seen as a productive citizen."

Talking with the city of El Paso, for instance, about how the demolition of City Hall could compromise the trainway that runs right next to the site of the future Triple-A ballpark.

On the economic side, Turner said the new Santa Teresa facility will help the rail company grow and become more efficient. And since the rail industry is often a measure of economic activity, he said that growth will help the economy in this region grow as well.

Read more of what Turner has to say about the Union Pacific retooling its El Paso operations, the impact of the oil boom and fracking in Texas, and its biggest project of the year.

 

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