A $51 million project can feed a lot of life into a small economy.
However, as Martha Layne Collins High School begins its first year, not much of that money will end up back in Shelby County.
For the school and athletic complex, only few local companies were used. Just four companies with local offices were included in the construction of Collins and the athletic complex.
But the school district and board have little say in which subcontractors are used.
The process begins with the selection of the architect through a Request for Proposal.