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Orange County one of two finalists for $1.25 billion project
ORANGE - by Lauren Huet
Orange County and a site in Louisiana are competing for hundreds of new jobs and an economic boost. Enterprise Products Partners L.P. has narrowed down its choices of where to build a new liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) export terminal to either Orange County or Louisiana. The 1.25 billion dollar project would create several hundred construction jobs and 15 permanent jobs.
At Workforce Solutions in Orange, Ryan Sullivan is applying for construction jobs. His last construction job ended about three months ago.
"It's terrible," said Sullivan. "Just trying to keep my family afloat."
Joshua Ball and Corey Swiney are also looking for construction jobs.
"I went to Bo-Mac today to put in an application and there were 10 to 12 people in there as well putting in applications, so everybody's trying to find work," said Bell.
"It's been difficult, I've been out of work for three to four months," said Swiney. "I've been applying to every labor, temp service, and construction site from here to Houston."
Sullivan says most people who work construction move from city to city, or state to state to keep up with contracting jobs. He can't do that, because he needs to stay in Orange County with his son and wife.
"She doesn't like me being gone on the road a lot, so you know I have to stay local," said Sullivan. "But that's kind of challenging in itself because a lot of companies want you to travel."
Ball, Swiney, and Sullivan hope Enterprise chooses to build its new LPG export terminal in Orange County.
"Something like that would be great for people like me," said Sullivan.
The Executive Director of the Orange County Economic Development Corporation, Bobby Fillyaw, says the 1.25 billion dollar project would be the largest single investment ever made into Orange County.
"Oh it would be a boost to the economy for years and years to come," said Fillyaw. "This will be a project that you can look back on 20 years from now and be proud to say that it came into our community."
Fillyaw says it could also attract more industry to Orange.
"Anytime you create logistics and transportation opportunities for petrochemical products, it just is a better, stronger infrastructure that we think will help us with other projects in the future," said Fillyaw.
Fillyaw says they plan to make Orange County more enticing to Enterprise Products through tax incentives.