Public Engagement

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.

 

SEEKING INPUT

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, thousands of landowners have participated in Public Open Houses in Kansas, Missouri and Illinois. 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.

MEETING WITH LOCAL BUSINESSES

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.

local representatives

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 rcornell@grainbeltexpress.com.


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 lnewsom@grainbeltexpress.com.

 

 

Wind Resource Area Meetings

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.


 


RECENT COMMUNITY EVENTS

Kansas Energy Conference – Clean Line served as a sponsor for the Kansas Energy Conference held in Topeka, KS, in September. Generators from the renewable and traditional sectors, and other members of the industry gathered to study and discuss the state of the energy industry in Kansas.

Midwestern Governors Conference On Transmission – Clean Line participated in the conference on transmission in Indianapolis, IN. Attendees examined the tools available to states, the region, utilities and grid operators to meet the future challenges of grid and electrical reliability.

Midwest Energy Policy Conference – Clean Line participated in the Midwest Energy Policy Conference in St. Louis, MO in September. Leaders in the fields of energy and energy policy came together for a comprehensive examination of federal, state and local energy priorities; legislative and regulatory activity; energy efficiency; national security and new energy projects.