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Spencer Co. not alone in race for billion dollar fertilizer plant

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OVR says after a site is picked, it hopes to complete the project in 2016. OVR says after a site is picked, it hopes to complete the project in 2016.

There's new information on plans for a billion dollar nitrogen fertilizer plant coming to the Tri-State. 

Wednesday, we reported that Ohio Valley Resources applied for an air permit to build the plant near Rockport in Spencer County, but other communities may also be in the running and Owensboro is one of them.

More than 15 years ago, AK Steel decided to build it's new plant in Rockport, but many say it was an economic win for both sides of the Ohio.

"AK steel was certainly a win for us when it came to Spencer County," said President and CEO of the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation Nick Brake.

Whether a proposed nitrogen fertilizer plant is built in Indiana, or across the big Blue Bridge in Kentucky, the potential for new jobs is exciting those in the Tri-State.

Wednesday, Ohio Valley Resources announced it's application for an air permit to build the facility on this plot of land in Spencer County.

But Owensboro, a city that's no stranger to new development, says it's still in the running and wants to win the billion dollar project.

"Obviously we're going to do everything we can to make it work in Kentucky, because that's where we are and that's where we live," Brake said.

Brake says with recent construction of Smothers Park, the new hospital, and a hotel and convention center is signaling a new era for Kentucky's third largest city.

"The construction impact has been great for our community,"  said Brake.

And with the potential for 1,200 construction jobs and 80 full-time positions, he says he's just happy to have the plant here in the tri-state.

"We're satisfied that this project is in this region and we feel like there's going to be a great benefit to all of us."

But brake says a plant this big, would bring families and spur new business in the area where it's built.

No word on when a final announcement could be made.

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