Vice president of business development for Tenaska, Bart Ford, was this week's guest speaker at the annual meeting of the Christian County Economic Development Corporation at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. The over 100 in attendance heard a progress report from Ford, on his company's ongoing efforts to secure permission from the Illinois General Assembly, to construct the 3-billion dollar plant northeast of Taylorville, that will generate over 25-hundred construction jobs, and 200 permanent jobs.
Ford told the group that Tenaska will be amending their air permit issued by the Environmental Protection Agency, with a hearing to be held in Taylorville soon, in preparation for the General Assembly OK'ing the project.
And, Ford said that while it's definitely not a done deal, he's hopeful that Tenaska's efforts in the Illinois General Assembly this fall will be successful.
Ford's appearance was met by about half a dozen picketers outside the hospital auditorium, representing the Sierra Club which is on-record as opposing the project.