Year: 2012

RDA Happenings December 2012

December 1, 2012

Our thoughts and concerns continue to go out to the Hostess Brands employees and family members; they have demonstrated great resilience during the months of uncertainty. With the certainty of the plant closure and liquidation, the former employees and former Dolly Madison plant site will evolve. The community leadership and RDA continue reaching out to…

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RDA Happenings November 2012

November 1, 2012

In late October we had a consultant visit Emporia whose purpose was to explore some mutually beneficial marketing opportunities. He wanted to get a sense of our niche primary employers, where with the majority of their sales are outside the Emporia market area, the quality of the workforce and our post-secondary institutions Emporia State University…

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RDA Happenings October 2012

October 1, 2012

Recently I attended the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) annual meeting in Houston, Texas. It is the association to which majority of Economic Development professionals belong. Typically at these meetings there are multiple sessions at the same time. In other words, you can’t make it to all of the sessions. The advantage IDEC is the…

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RDA Happenings September 2012

September 1, 2012

The Regional Development Association of East Central Kansas (RDA) congratulates Channon Farrell, Christa Grimwood and Frannie Walburn on their recent announcement to locate a new Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt franchise at Kellogg Plaza, 11th and Commercial Street. We also congratulate Corey Haag and his investors for continuing to make strategic investments throughout Emporia and Lyon…

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RDA Happenings August 2012

August 1, 2012

On July 1, 1995, the Regional Development Association of East Central Kansas (RDA) was incorporated. Just completing its 19th year and in less than one year will be entering its third decade. There is absolutely no question that the RDA has been successful in its primary goal of working with existing and new basic employment…

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RDA Happenings July 2012

July 1, 2012

The other day a colleague and I were discussing economic development over lunch. A couple of common themes surfaced, what is economic development? And if you can’t measure it, then you can’t manage it. Every day I hear the term economic development used to justify an activity. It seems like an organizational spokesperson for a…

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RDA Happenings June 2012

June 1, 2012

During late May and early June our family vacation took us to Germany and the Netherlands. We visited our Rotary foreign exchange student Nele and her family, our son Andrew, who is a Kansas State University 4th year Masters of Architecture student studying for four months at the Dessau Design Institute (Bauhaus) in Dessau, Germany,…

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RDA Happenings May 2012

May 1, 2012

On July 2, 1993, the Regional Development Association of East Central Kansas (RDA) was incorporated. On July 3rd, 2012, the RDA will be beginning its 20th year of existence. Much has been accomplished with the collective efforts of the members – City of Emporia, Emporia Enterprises, Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce, Lyon County and Emporia…

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RDA Happenings April 2012

April 1, 2012

On March 27th I had the honor and privilege to participate in the Emporia State University (ESU) “Hornet Telethon”. There were several community leader volunteers who called incoming ESU fresh-men for fall semester 2012. My assignment was to initiate twenty-six telephone calls to thank those fu-ture Hornets for committing to continuing their education at ESU…

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RDA Happenings March 2012

March 1, 2012

The RDA keeps an inventory of available industrial, commercial and retail buildings for sale or lease. We are continually updating data and statistics to be prepared to answer specific questions for an existing or new business may have about the Emporia region. We updated the employment data, unemployment rate chart and track average salary data…

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