McLean County government is the final body to approve an enterprise zone extension into Ford County benefitting an ethanol plant in Gibson City. County Board Member Stan Hoselton says the plant purchases 9.5 million bushels of grain per year from McLean County producers.
State law requires enterprise zones to be contiguous. That legal fiction is preserved by considering a three foot strip of land from Bloomington Normal running out Route nine to the site of the One Earth Energy Plant as part of the zone. One Earth will receive tax breaks from inclusion in the zone that could allow expansion and hiring of more workers. This had been the only ethanol plant in the state not already in an enterprise zone. County leaders note the enterprise zone still contains only about half the maximum alllowable land, so there is room for future development projects to be included.
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