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Telecommunications:

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Fully redundant, 100% buried diverse fiber optic routes, fiber-to-the-premises, and the ability to reach businesses with up to 1 Gbps within the city limits of Clay Center.  In addition to providing FTTP to the City of Clay Center, Twin Valley Telephone has deployed FTTP infrastructure across a 1,600 sq/mile area surrounding the city.  With a fiber-to-the-premises infrastructure the provider has the ability, and spare capacity, throughout their network to meet most dark fiber needs.  See their one-sheet for more information.

In 2011 I opened Spangenberg Phillips Tice Architecture in Clay Center.  I am a satellite branch of our headquarters office in Wichita and work very closely with our Wichita office on a daily basis.  Having the ability to be connected to our home based server is vital to my success as a satellite office.  The technological capabilities available in Clay Center have allowed my business and my family to live and thrive in a wonderful community. - Brandon L. Gibson, AIA

Electricity:

With the construction of a new switching station at the east edge of Clay Center, a new 115 kV transmission line is currently being built and will be available within Clay Center.  The transmission line was built in 2012.  70% of the transformers and distribution system has been rebuilt since 2008.  29.5 megawatts of modern, economical generation can be operated independent of the grid for reliability.  Large industrial customers have the ability to negotiate the purchase of electricity from the local Public Utility Commission.  The price is locally controlled by tariff rather than by state regulation.

For locations outside the Clay Center Public Utility Commission area, Blue Stem Electric Cooperative, Inc. serves the rural electric loads.  They purchase all their wholesale power needs from KEPCo.  KEPCo’s six percent ownership in the Wolf Creek Nuclear Generating Station and the availability of 110 MW of low-cost hydropower provide consumers with sufficient capacity to meet their energy needs.   Bluestem Electric is active in promoting rural economic development and job creation projects and, through the Rural Business Cooperative Service, will help Commercial and Industrial consumers apply for Zero Interest Loan Funds for development or renovation of potential economic projects.

Water:Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant

A three-million-gallon-per-day reverse osmosis water plant, which was designed for expansion to 4.5 million gallons per day, is operated by the Clay Center Public Utilities.  Production is monitored 24 hours per day and stability is maintained with an abundant supply and some of the oldest and largest senior water rights in the state.  The circulated product is a blend of 87% osmosis treated water and 13% green sand filtered water.  100% RO water is available if needed.

Natural Gas:

Kansas Gas Service provides clean, reliable natural gas to more than 630,000 customers in 360 communities in Kansas.   It is a division of ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE: OKE), a diversified energy company.  ONEOK is the general partner and owns 43.4 percent of ONEOK Partners, L.P. (NYSE: OKS), one of the largest publicly traded limited partnerships, which is a leader in the gathering, processing, storage and transportation of natural gas in the United States and owns one of the nation’s premier natural gas liquids (NGL) systems, connecting NGL supply in the Mid-Continent and Rocky Mountain regions with key market centers.  ONEOK is among the largest natural gas distributors in the United States, serving more than 2 million customers in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas.  Its energy services operation focuses primarily on marketing natural gas and related services throughout the United States.  ONEOK is a Fortune 500 company and is included in the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index.

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