Year: 2016

RDA Annual Report 2016

December 31, 2016

ABOUT US The Regional Development Association of East Central Kansas (RDA) is the lead economic development organization for Lyon County and the Emporia area. It is a collaborative effort of the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, Emporia Enterprises, the City of Emporia, Lyon County, Flint Hills Technical College, Emporia State University and…

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RDA Happenings December 2016

December 31, 2016

The Regional Development Association of East Central Kansas (RDA) uses several metrics to measure results of their efforts. Since 1995, over $917,000,000 has been invested by the private sector in buildings and equipment. Over 2,245,000 sq. ft. of new manufacturing and warehouse space has been constructed in Emporia and Lyon County. Based upon the various…

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RDA Happenings November 2016

November 30, 2016

November is a month of reflection and thankfulness. It begins with Veterans Day, where we honor, and are thankful for the sacrifices of those men and women who served in the armed forces. The later part of month is Thanksgiving where we are thankful for a bountiful harvest and family. November 21, 2012 is one…

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RDA Happenings October 2016

October 31, 2016

Hooray! Warren Way is paved! Back in 2013, Simmons Pet Food announced a significant expansion. Then in 2014 they announced another significant expansion. These were multi-million dollar expansions of the addition of more production equipment, building additions, and the creation of over a hundred quality full-time jobs. Park III, which is the industrial/business park located…

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RDA Happenings September 2016

September 30, 2016

On August 25th the Emporia Chamber of Commerce Government Matters committee had the third annual Day in Topeka, which I was able to attend this year. The group had briefings with the Kansas Department of Education, the Kansas Board of Regents, the Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas Department of Agriculture. All of the…

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RDA Happenings August 2016

August 31, 2016

Plans are underway for Manufacturing Appreciation month in October. The Flint Hills Technical College (FHTC), the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce and the Regional Development Association of East Central Kansas are in the planning stages. The majority of events planned are at Flint Hills Technical College on October 7th and 8th. More details to follow.…

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RDA Happenings July 2016

July 31, 2016

The RDA hosted the Emporia Manufacturer Appreciation Dinner on June 23, 2016 at Flint Hills Technical College (FHTC). All the manufacturers and those businesses where the majority of their sales are outside the Emporia market area were guests at the event. FHTC President Dean Hollenbeck grilled the ribeye steaks that were purchased from Tyson Foods.…

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RDA Happenings June 2016

June 30, 2016

The RDA hosted the Emporia Manufacturer Appreciation Dinner on June 23rd at Flint Hills Technical College. The purpose of the appreciation event was to thank those manufacturers, warehouse/distribution, and other service sector companies where the majority or all of their sales are outside the Emporia market area and most of Kansas. The point being these…

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RDA Happenings May 2016

May 31, 2016

Governor Brownback, Kansas Department of Commerce (KDOC), Kansas International Trade Coordinating Council (KITCC) and the Kansas Business Hall of Fame (KBHF) annually designates June as Business Appreciation Month. All businesses are honored and recognized with an emphasis on “Basic” businesses, which are generally those businesses with the vast majority of their sales outside their community’s…

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RDA Happenings April 2016

April 30, 2016

About five or six times a year, the RDA staff travels to various marketing events through the United States, such as Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, New York City and occasionally Los Angeles. I attended the Pet Forum in Kansas City, Missouri April 18th through the 20th. The forum moved from the Chicago area to Kansas City…

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