EL CENTRO — The county remains optimistic regarding the potential economic opportunities that could be derived from local production, purification and extraction of lithium.

Imperial Valley Economic Development Corp. President and CEO Tim Kelley told the board of supervisors Tuesday five projects totaling $2.5 billion are ready to begin. The presentation was a follow-up to the one he made about a month ago.

Staff Writer Michael Maresh can be reached at mmaresh@ivpressonline.com.

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