With municipal elections only two months away, voters on the Kenai Peninsula are becoming aware of an important vote that will be taking place the first Tuesday of October. The issue is whether or not to continue with plans to locate an 800-1,000-bed medium security prison at Wildwood. According to Borough officials this is the largest economic impact project on the Peninsula since the discovery of oil, and will result in some 212 new jobs.
At the Kenai Chamber of Commerce meeting recently, Cornell Companies announced that Michael Gilliland; Cornell's business development southwest coordinator will be on the Peninsula for the next few months to provide information and field questions from the public about the proposed prison. "We're committed to making a difference, that's why I work for Cornell," said Marvin Wiebe, a former pastor and present senior vice president for Cornell Companies. Cornell presently operates 70 facilities in 13 states and the District of Columbia.
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