The Aurora Cooperative and Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings, Inc., signed a Letter of Intent to develop a new ethanol plant one mile west of Aurora. This 220 million gallon per year (mgy) plant will be constructed on a 135-acre site adjacent to the property of the Nebraska Energy, LLC ethanol plant.

"The Aurora West project, with its contemporary and multi-dimensional uses, has the possibility of becoming the cornerstone for a visionary, ag-bio research and development campus."