From North Central Regional Planning’s monthly newsletter – http://www.ncrpc.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/1611.pdf
NCRPC/NCKCN Hosted Bi-Annual Banquet in Abilene
National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, or NBAF, Liaison, Dr. Ron Trewyn, was the featured speaker at the NCRPC Bi-Annual Banquet on November 3 in Abilene. The NCRPC also hosted the banquet on behalf of its not-for-profit affiliate, North Central Kansas Community Network Co. (NCKCN).
Approximately 110 people took part in the event, which was located at the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene.
NBAF is under construction on Kansas State University’s Manhattan campus and is adjacent to the university’s Biosecurity Research Institute. Trewyn works with the university president and others inside and outside the institution to facilitate and leverage NBAF-related opportunities for the university, the region and the state. Manhattan was selected as the location for NBAF after a three-year site selection process. Trewyn credits that success to having a great consortium and many dedicated partners.
The facility is expected to be fully operational by 2023. The $1.25 billion NBAF is creating a significant number of construction jobs and will eventually have about 400 permanent employees. Trewyn says the facility is also expected to attract private biotechnology companies, professionals and support infrastructure, which could extend into communities in the region outside of Manhattan.
“There are going to be a lot of opportunities moving forward with NBAF,” Trewyn says.
For more information about NBAF, visit www.kstate.edu/nbaf.