Yesterday, a group of Cloud and Ottawa County folks boarded a bus and headed east towards Aurora, or more specifically towards the elm creek substation. Three big white tents stood out among the rolling fields of milo. We traveled to that site to break ground on the ITC project that will provide transmission lines from the substation to Salina and a new addition to the substation already on site.
Brett Leopold, president of ITC and Stuart Lowery, President of Sunflower told the group about the importance of the project for electrical connectivity. Kim Goodnight, our local area manager for public affairs really explained the economic impact of a project like this. At the height of the project, there will be 75 people working. Kim told us the average worker on a project spends $7 an hour in the communities where they work. It isn't hard to figure out what impact 75 additional people will have on sales tax in Cloud County.
This doesn't take into account ITC's partnerships with the community. They belong to the Concordia Chamber of Commerce, CloudCorp, and are partners with CCCC in their program and scholarship efforts.
The impact of ITC's project is a permanent one when it comes to property taxes. Our county will see increased revenue from this station immediately after it is up and running.
We were pleased to be a part of the big white tent event yesterday. Their excitement to be in our county was evident through the careful and thoughtful planning of Liz Hunt, Eric Ivey, Kim Goodnight and others.
Senator Elaine Bowers and Representative Susan Concannon at the ground breaking event.