The Wichita region received more good economic news last week, as several businesses announced projects or opened new locations. ICM is in the final stages of planning a $175 million advanced bio-refinery in Colwich. The ethanol plant is expected to create more than 50 permanent jobs and utilize corn and sorghum produced largely by local farmers. The Air Force awarded a $60 million contract last week for construction work at McConnell Air Force Base through 2022. Scholfield Honda opened a new dealership on East Kellogg, and Wesley Children’s Hospital has a new concussion clinic. Wichita State University announced last week it is in advanced discussions with the Greater Wichita YMCA to build a new YMCA on its Innovation Campus. This good news is more evidence that the Wichita region is moving forward. – Phillip Brownlee
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