Sedalia's State Fair Community College Gets Energy Grant

5 years 2 months 2 weeks ago September 20, 2011 Sep 20, 2011 Tuesday, September 20 2011 Tuesday, September 20, 2011 2:48:00 PM CDT in News
By: Maggie Miller

SEDALIA - U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank announced a $1.8 million grant to State Fair Community College in Sedalia today. The grant will pay for a renewable energy project to build a business incubator in Sedalia, off Oak Grove Road.

This business incubator will have room for four companies to test their new "greener" products. Three large business partners in this project are ProEnergy, KCP & L, and the Waste Corporation of Missouri.

The new facility will not only give companies a building to test their products, but it will also give State Fair students renewable energy training.

Harvey Buhl, CEO of Hitec, has been working with renewable energy for 20 years. His company is an "eco-friendly waste-to-energy system" that converts old tires to energy. It breaks down  different size tires to get carbon, steel, gas and oil to make new tires and even produce fuel. Hitec is one of the tenants that will experiment in the new facility.

People from The Office of Economic Development in Sedalia-Pettis County say it's impressive that a community college is on the cutting edge and able to work with other members of the community to aggressively fight energy waste.

Dr. Michael Ash of State Fair Community College said he was tickled to get the opportunity to talk about the project that has been in the works for almost three years.

People from Sedalia hope this facility will add more jobs and keep students around after they get the opportunity to develop energy technology.

For more information about Hitec, click here.

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