Clean Line strives to develop the Grain Belt Express project in a collaborative, methodical and transparent manner. We are committed to involving the public in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana throughout the routing and project development process. Please click here to get in touch with someone from the team.
Public Open Houses – Clean Line holds Public Open Houses to provide information about the project and collect feedback to help refine potential routes and ultimately select a single proposed route. To date, more than 3,500 landowners have participated in Public Open Houses in Kansas and Missouri. Others have provided routing feedback online or via phone. More information about Public Open Houses is available here.
Community Roundtables – Clean Line hosts Community Roundtables throughout our project study area to gather information regarding local area constraints and development plans from county officials, economic development directors, regional planners, and representatives from environmental and conservation groups. At each Roundtable, Clean Line team members provide an overview of the project and our routing process. To date, 740 community leaders have participated in Roundtables. More information about Roundtables is available here.
Community Introductions – The project team has met with county officials and community leaders in more than 100 counties in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana to introduce the project and answer questions. These introductory meetings were held in advance of the Community Roundtables and assisted the team in identifying local officials to invite to the Roundtables. Grain Belt Express representatives continue to meet with community members throughout the development process.
Ongoing Dialogue with Project Stakeholders – Clean Line strives to answer stakeholder questions in a timely fashion. In Missouri, after the Public Open Houses concluded, we continued to hold "office hours" across the project area to meet with landowners and community members. If you would like to get in touch with a member of the team, please click here.
Clean Line holds Local Business Opportunity Meetings to inform local businesses about the project and to provide information about the types of local and regional contractors that could assist in the development, construction, and maintenance of the transmission project. To date, 230 business representatives in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana have participated in Local Business Opportunity Meetings. More information about Local Business Opportunity Meetings is available here.
Clean Line recently hired local representatives in Missouri and Illinois to serve as local community liaisons for the project.
Based in central Illinois, Rick Cornell is meeting with community members to keep them informed of our efforts our Illinois routing work in 2014. Rick has over 30 years of experience in governmental finance and public sector issues, working in the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, for the state General Assembly, and in the Office of the Illinois State Comptroller before serving as Assistant Comptroller from 2003-2010. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lowell Newsom joined the team in fall 2013, and is located in Chariton County, Missouri. Lowell is from Chariton County, worked in St. Louis for many years, and recently moved back to the county to be closer to his parents and their farming operation. You can reach him via email at email@example.com.
On November 28, 2012, Clean Line hosted two meetings in Dodge City, Kansas to bring landowners and other interested parties together to learn about the transmission line project and the wind energy development potential in the area. Project Development Director Mark Lawlor explained that the Grain Belt Express Clean Line would enable more than 3,500 megawatts of new wind generation to be built in the region. Thank you to the nearly 150 people who attended and showed support for the Grain Belt Express project. If you support the Grain Belt Express Clean Line, please consider signing a support letter.
Governor’s Conference on Community Workforce (Missouri) – Lowell Newsom, a local Grain Belt Express representative, attended the conference in May and discussed the job creation that projects like ours will bring to the state.
Pike County Economic Development Corporation (Illinois) – Grain Belt Express recently applied for membership with the organization, which is dedicated to the expansion of business and employment opportunities in the region.
Columbia, MO Earth Day Festival – Grain Belt Express hosted a booth at the festival and shared information about the low-cost, clean energy the project will bring to Missouri. The transmission line coloring sheets were a big hit with the kiddos, as well!
Missouri Association of Counties Conference – Clean Line attended and sponsored the conference in Columbia, MO. We enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with County Commissioners and learn about issues important to Missourians.
Missouri Municipal League – Clean Line presented about the Grain Belt Express Clean Line project to mayors and other municipal leaders at the annual conference in Branson, MO.
KidWind – Clean Line joined wind groups and utilities in Kansas participating in educational training for KidWind. KidWind is a teaching curriculum that introduces Kansas students to wind technology and the importance of renewable energy. Clean Line provided real world examples from the wind industry and discussed Kansas’ wind development potential.
Kansas State Fair – 2013 was the 100th anniversary of the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson, KS. Clean Line was pleased to join Kansans for Wind Energy, the Wind Coalition, and Climate & Energy Project, in raising awareness of the benefits of wind energy for Kansas.
Kansas Energy Conference – Transmission and wind took center stage at the 2013 energy conference, with industry and governmental leaders convening to discuss the future of the Kansas energy mix. Clean Line participated as a conference sponsor.
Kansas Association of Counties – Clean Line attended the 2013 conference in Wichita, KS. We enjoyed catching up with county commissioners and attending the panel discussions on other issues pertaining to Kansas counties.