Year: 2011

RDA Happenings December 2011

December 1, 2011

2011 is almost history. It’s been an interesting year – at the end of the year VETEK completed their 10,500 sq. ft. building addition and the addition of 12 new employees. It is great to have companies adding employees. I will share with you an excerpt from VETEK President Troy Estes from a letter dated…

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RDA Happenings November 2011

November 1, 2011

We are beginning to see the trends locally that business activity of our primary businesses is beginning to pick up. It would be termed cautious optimism by our local businesses. Certain projects are coming together with our existing businesses that may occur in the first or second quarter of next year. The following is a…

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RDA Happenings October 2011

October 1, 2011

In last month’s newsletter the results of the 2010 Census for the City of Emporia and Lyon County were highlighted. The census data is easily accessible via the internet at the KU Institute for Policy & Social Research Available at the same website are links to economic data summary and overview by County for…

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RDA Happenings September 2011

September 1, 2011

Most of the 2010 Census data is available for Lyon County and the City of Emporia. However in the 2010 Census, the same information was not collected, such as median household income, per capita income, mean earnings and other income data, as in 2000. I have learned the U.S. Census Bureau only reported on the…

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RDA Happenings August 2011

August 1, 2011

Over the years, the RDA has worked with our existing and new businesses expanding and growing their business, and it is not the RDA or government that creates the new investments and jobs, it is the private sector. Our objective is to convince those businesses to expand in Emporia, Lyon County or our region. Locally,…

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RDA Happenings July 2011

July 1, 2011

The RDA was created as a partnership between the City of Emporia, Lyon County, Emporia Chamber of Commerce and Emporia Enterprises in a unified effort in industrial and economic development. The RDA serves as the primary point of contact for industrial & economic development projects and retail projects. The RDA works with existing and new…

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RDA Happenings June 2011

June 1, 2011

Several weeks ago I just happened upon a CNBC program about bio-diesel – it gave a brief history over the past decade as a renewable fuel source, and focused on a U.S. student Josh Tickell, who was a foreign exchange student in Germany who learned about using bio-diesel from his host family. The German family,…

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RDA Happenings May 2011

May 1, 2011

Most communities want to retain, expand and recruit companies to grow the employment and economic base of their region. In order for communities to be successful in these economic development efforts, being prepared is a key component. The preparation is a continuous process of updating the unique characteristics of the community and determining the comparative…

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RDA Happenings April 2011

April 1, 2011

This past month the RDA spent a morning reviewing our strategic plan. Simply, our objectives are to work with existing and new businesses to create higher salaried and skilled jobs with new capital investment in our region. Generally all new jobs are welcomed, even those that are minimum wage to those that are six figures…

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RDA Happenings March 2011

March 1, 2011

Last month for a variety of reasons my 10-year predictors for the Emporia Gazette Progress edition didn’t get included in the publication. So this month’s article are those comments on Emporia’s future. Sometimes we need to look back to the past to determine the future. We began this decade – 2010 – with a smaller…

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