RDA Happenings November 2013
Posted on November 1, 2013 – By Emporia RDA
In the November issue of Site Selection magazine, a national publication which is both printed and posted online at: http://mydigimag.rrd.com/publication/?i=181743 is an article entitled, “Hungry? A bakery closed by bankruptcy receives a major investment thanks to a community-wide effort to retain important jobs”.
I hope most of you know the story of the Hostess Brand’s bankruptcy, Emporia pro-actively reaching out to the purchasers – Apollo Global Capital and Metropoulos and Co. – who pur-chased some of the assets with plans to reopen and begin baking cake products, i.e. Twinkies, Cupcakes, Ho Ho’s and Ding Dongs. If not, go to the link and read the account.
The publicity to a national audience in Site Selection is priceless. Hundreds if not thousands of site selection consultants, industrial asset managers, industrial real estate professionals and eco-nomic development managers read this monthly publication. It depicts the Emporia culture of “Speaking With One Voice” and working together with a common goal of job creation and reten-tion in our area. The greatest compliment we as a community received is when Hostess Brands placed a billboard on I-335 just south of the Emporia exit 127 on the east side with the message from Hostess, “Emporia we ❤ you”. The billboard has been up since July.
On another front, over the past month or so we have received a fury of new leads, 5 or 6. One of those leads is a follow-up to a proposal sent out this past August.
Job creation is our primary goal through retention, expansion and recruitment of our primary industries. Simmons Foods expanded in the first quarter of 2013 by adding a new production line and 30 full-time employees. We leveraged this expansion at Simmons with a Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) Economic Development grant. The RDA wrote the KDOT grant appli-cation, and the City of Emporia approved the submission of the grant. The City of Emporia was notified that $500,000 was approved by KDOT to assist in the majority of construction costs for Warren Way.
Since relocating from west Emporia to the 900 block of Commercial Street, Dynamic Discs has experienced phenomenal growth and needed more space. The RDA assisted Dynamic Discs in identifying existing warehouse distribution buildings in Emporia.
Dynamic Discs has leased the west half of a building located at 3601 W. 6th Avenue (just south of EVCO on 6th Avenue between Overlander and Graphic Arts Road). The increased space was needed because of Dynamic Discs’ expanded partnership with Latitude 64 in the distribution/sales of their products in North America.
Our entire community is supportive of Dynamic Discs’ business and has embraced the disc golf tournaments which enhance the Emporia quality of place. Congratulations to Jeremy Rusco and his team!