Year: 2014

RDA Happenings December 2014

December 1, 2014

On December 12th the Regional Development Association of East Central Kansas (RDA) Board of Directors held their annual meeting. What a difference two years makes in economic activity and job creation. Two years ago in November, Dolly Madison/Hostess Brands was in bankruptcy and the judge ordered the liquida-tion of all assets. Over 500 workers were…

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RDA Happenings November 2014

November 1, 2014

The past two years 2013 and 2014 have been really good years in terms of job creation, business expansions and just general upbeat attitude in the community. It’s that time of year to assemble the statistics of the RDA activities – job expansion and new in-vestment at Birch Communications, Simmons Pet Food, Hostess Brands, Dynamic…

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RDA Happenings October 2014

October 1, 2014

Business clients engaged in a site search for an expansion or a new location in our region will access the RDA website for site selection information. The initial screening process in a “zone of indifference”, (a generalized geographic area which can be a multi-county and multi-state search) is based on 5 to 10 criteria. Those…

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RDA Happenings September 2014

September 1, 2014

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the leading national organization which represents the U.S. manufacturing interests. NAM has the role informing, educating and advocating for U.S. manufac-turers. As part of their educational outreach outside of their membership, the NAM, their individual members and affiliated organizations are hosting the 3rd annual National Manufacturing Day on…

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RDA Happenings August 2014

August 1, 2014

In the 2nd quarter 2014 Area Development, a site and facility planning publication, announced the annual Gold and Silver Shovel Awards for states in the United Sates based upon population size. In the category of State Population under 3 million, Kansas was a Silver Shovel winner for 2014. In the table which listed the top…

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RDA Happenings July 2014

July 1, 2014

Congratulations to Fanestil Meats on their recent ground breaking at the new plant site on west Highway 50. We look forward to their continued growth. Hostess Brands continues to add employees and expand their capacity. At the recent ribbon cutting on July 18th it was announced that a second auto bake line with 50 additional…

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RDA Happenings June 2014

June 1, 2014

Recently, City Manager Mark McAnarney, Assistant City Manager Jim Witt and I met with Hostess Brands Executive Vice Presi-dent Mike Cramer and Vice President of Human Resources Matt Hall. The meeting highlighted what Hostess Brands was able to accomplish in the first year after purchasing and restarting the Hostess Brands cake business. They Emporia plant…

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RDA Happenings May 2014

May 1, 2014

The first five months of 2014 have been quite active. We have had many conversations with existing and new companies regarding expansions Late last year Hostess Brands announced $30 million investment. Nearly $25 million was earmarked for new baking equipment and the balance for a new 36,000 sq. ft. warehouse building. Once the project is…

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RDA Happenings April 2014

April 1, 2014

Economic Development 101 This past month I spoke at a club meeting on the topic of “The Art and Science of Economic Develop-ment”. The fundamental reason for Economic Development in a community or region is the creation of wealth and to diversify and growth of the economy. This objective can be achieved with retention, expansion…

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RDA Happenings March 2014

March 1, 2014

We continue to receive great leads both from our partners and our proactive marketing networking opportunities. This year could shape up to be a great year, but as the old adage says “don’t count your chickens until they are hatched”. Last fall we contacted the Emporia State University School of Business about the RDA in…

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