RDA Happenings May 2013
Posted on May 1, 2013 – By Emporia RDA
On Thursday, April 25, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. we received the official media release from Hostess Brands, LLC, which was purchased by C. Dean Metropoulos & Co. and Apollo Global Capital. Moments later, our office forwarded the email with the attached media re-lease to KVOE, The Emporia Gazette, Kansas First News, Kansas City Star, WIBW-TV & radio, KWCH, KAKE-TV, Topeka Capital Journal, the NBC Today Show, and the local, re-gional and national media who had been contacting our office all day about the opening of the Hostess Brands plant.
The email sent to the media was short and concise, stating the following, “Attention All: Attached is a media release regarding Hostess Brands and Emporia, Kansas. Hooray! Kent Heermann, RDA President.
Diane Stafford, a reporter from the Kansas City Star, reported the story and the media re-lease. In her article she quoted Kent Heermann as stating “Hooray”. Well, the story went on the “news wire” and I noticed my Hooray in the Portland Press Herald.
I followed up later that day with Diane Stafford to see if she needed any additional infor-mation. Her reply was, “I’m good. Thanks for the Hooray!”
In early June, a ribbon cutting is scheduled at the Hostess Brands plant. Governor Brown-back has been invited and we hope to announce the time and date of the ribbon cutting before this news article is printed.
In preparation for attendance at the annual International Conference of Shopping Centers (ICSC) RECON 2013 trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada, we are asking our local Small Busi-ness Development Center (SBDC) to provide an updated Retail Marketplace Profile, which gives an indication of the retail leakage or surplus factor.
The retail leakages are in the Building Materials, Garden Equipment and Supply Stores, about $5.3 million. Then in the Food Services category, about $5 million in full-service res-taurants.