Thursday was a victory lap for Harvey County, with quite a host.
Gov. Sam Brownback pulled into Harvey County, and he was the featured speaker for a pair of small-ish gatherings in the county. Both of those gatherings are reasons the county should puff up and be very, very proud.
First is the big headline for the community of Newton. A groundbreaking at the Newton City/County Airport. The governor was all smiles as he worked the handle of a ceremonial shovel to turn a bit of sod. ABI Chemicals' plant construction has officially begun. Fourteen jobs by the first of the year, and up to 30 new jobs according to company officials. The first project of the National Institute of Aviation Research.
With a time line so aggressive even the director of the Harvey County EDC questioned it at one point, the multi-million dollar project is a reason for Newton and Harvey County to be proud.
But that was only one half of the victory lap Thursday.
Prior to turning that bit of dirt, the Governor was getting a look at what could be his next mower. He was in Hesston, touring Excel Industries. The company was named "Exporter of the Year" for 2013. Hardly a secret, but Thursday was a chance for management, workers and the Governor to celebrate.
It's a reason for all of Harvey County to celebrate. That's jobs, a lot of them. That's money — and quite a bit of it — coming in.
Thursday was a much deserved victory lap. We hope for quite a few more in the months and years to come.
— Kansan Editorial Board