Archive for Friday, February 9, 2007

Leavenworth, county pony up funds for lab

February 9, 2007

Echoing the recent action of state lawmakers and Leavenworth City commissioners, the Leavenworth County Commission unanimously adopted a draft resolution Thursday declaring its intent to contribute up to $2.5 million if necessary in an attempt to lure the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF, to the area.

The contribution would match an amount agreed upon by the City of Leavenworth and bring the total local contribution to as much as $5 million. It would add to the $35 million to $50 million discussed last week by state officials.

"I think this is the single greatest economic opportunity for the area in recent history," said Commissioner Clyde Graeber. "(This resolution) is a step in the right direction and one that I fully support."

Leavenworth City Manager Gary Ortiz stood by the County Commission in supporting an interlocal agreement, which would help provide the necessary infrastructure to facilitate the bio-defense center.

"I agree with the comments made by the commissioners that this cooperative effort is definitely a step in the right direction," Ortiz said.

For more on this story, pick up Thursday's edition of The Current.

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