RDA Happenings December 2017

December 31, 2017

What an exceptional year for Emporia. The Simmons Pet Food expansion announcement on November 1st was huge. The ½-Cent City Sales Tax for industrial development was approved by 74% of the voters, sun-setting on December 31, 2034. Then Emporia had three high-quality recruitment projects and we made the short-list. Simmons Pet Food Expansion On November…

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RDA Happenings October 2017

October 31, 2017

We have been quite busy this year. Activity has increased dramatically, we have had more prospect visits this year than in the last several years combined. The RDA team has prepared numerous proposals that have been submitted to these prospects. One proposal included an eight page letter with over 26 pages of attachments, documenting data…

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RDA Happenings August 2017

August 31, 2017

Over the years there are certain dates that become important events in our area economy. For instance in June of 1994, we were first contacted by Menu Pet Food representatives, who was conducting a site search in eastern Kansas, southwest Missouri, or northeastern Oklahoma for a new nutrition plant. They identified this region as a…

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RDA Happenings June 2017

June 30, 2017

The RDA office continuously updates the Emporia, Kansas & Lyon County data book. Some of the data is obtained from primary sources, such as surveys the RDA conducts, for instance the local major manufacturers and employers survey on total number of full-time employees. Many secondary sources are utilized such as the Kansas Statistical Abstract, the…

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RDA Happenings April 2017

April 30, 2017

“The future aint what it used to be” – Yogi Berra. At a recent Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC) meeting, the speaker was Peter Zeihan, a geo-capital strategist specializing in demographics, global energy, and security. By utilizing geography and demographics, he gives an understanding and predicts what the future global political trends have on markets,…

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RDA Happenings February 2017

February 28, 2017

KANSASWORKS JOB FAIR From 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 17th was the Job Fair for the unemployed Birch Communications workers and any other job seeker. Approximately 24 companies were at the job fair with 60 to 70 job seekers. There are job opportunities all through the Emporia region. We thank those employers, 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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