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Preparing for the impact of Intel semiconductor chip plants in Licking County

Construction cranes and concrete trucks work at the site of one of Intel's semiconductor chip plant in Licking County Ohio.
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Concrete is delivered to Intel's Ohio One construction site in Licking County this summer.

The Intel factory complex in Licking County is taking shape. The $20 billion dollar project to build semiconductor chip factories represents the largest single private-sector investment in Ohio history.

The company promises to generate thousands of jobs, provide a significant boost to the overall economy, and reshape the entire region.

Backers of the billion-dollar deal are banking on it. Yet those who live near the project – and others who felt forced to sell generational properties – are living with the consequences. That includes noise, traffic tie-ups and other construction-related headaches.

In addition, transportation, water and power needs alone are massive, sending Franklin and Licking county officials into overdrive ahead of an expected 2025 opening.

For its part, Intel is betting on the central Ohio plant to help it catch up to competitors who are gaining ground – and even overtaking the company that pioneered the technology that powers our everyday lives.

We'll take a progress report on Intel.

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