News & Events

County approves tax exemption at Great Plains

Ray Nolting:, Parsons Sun, November 6, 2017
OSWEGO - The Labette County Commission on Monday approved a resolution allowing a 10-year tax exemption for Parsons Fertilizer Inc., a company that will manufacture a slow-release fertilizer at Great Plains Indsutrial Park.

Now Great Plains and the company will take the application for the exemption to the Kansas Board of Tax Appeals, which will make the final decisions on the exemption. The Kansas Legislature this year passed a law allowing businesses leasing property to seek tax exemption in former federal enclaves. (Read More)

Firm seeks tax abatement at Great Plains

Colleen Williamson:, Parsons Sun, October 24, 2017
OSWEGO - The Labette County Commission was approached Monday with a request for a public hearing and approval of a resolution supporting a 10-year ad valorem tax abatement application to be submitted to the Kansas Board of Tax Appeals for a new business wishing to establish itself within the Great Plains Industrial Park. (Read More)

Area youth tour Great Plains Industrial Park

Great Plains Development Authority, October 11, 2017

Members of the Labette County Youth Leadership class recently toured Great Plains Industrial Park. The class, made up of students from Labette County High School and Parsons High School, talked about the vision necessary to change the park from a former military installation into a flourishing industrial park. Students also saw a presentation that touched on the history of the park, industrial park assets, environmental remediation, and prospects that have visited the site. Students and sponsors pictured in the locomotive shop are (from left) Jane Good, Cheryl Bowen, Kylie Jenkins, Caitrin Tierney, Alyssa Gharmalker, Miles Hogan, Cloey Jones, Clara Rucker, Chase Jarrett, Denton Carrico, Jack Leak, David Rohling, Mark Weatherford, and Great Plains CEO, Daniel Mann.

PSU team takes on area project

Chance Hoener:, Pittsburg Morning Sun, September 28, 2017
Pittsburg State University's Strategic Initiatives Unit is partnering with the Great Plains Development Authority to develop a new business model for the Great Plains Industrial Park in Labette County.

As part of a Federal Office of Economic Adjustment grant, Great Plains selected USI to assist in analyzing and developing a new business model that can be supported both locally and regionally. (Read More)

Great Plains receives grant for water project

Parsons Sun, September 6, 2017
The U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, recently awarded Great Plains up to a $1 million grant to complete water system improvements at the 14,000-acre industrial park east of Parsons. The award requires a 50 percent match from Great Plains.

"Our water distribution system is in desperate need of upgrades, and this funding is an essential component to seeing the improvements made,” CEO Daniel Mann said in a prepared statement. (Read More)

Great Plains hopes new law will boost growth in Labette County

Parsons Sun, June 29, 2017
Barriers to the development of the Great Plains Industrial Park are slowly crumbling, paving the way for potential economic growth in Labette County.

With hazardous waste cleanup of the former Kansas Army Ammunition Plant property completed in most areas of the park, Great Plains staff hoped at least one piece of legislation would be passed in the Legislature to provide incentives to businesses to locate in Parsons. (Read More)

Charles retires from Great Plains

Great Plains Development Authority, May 18, 2017
Ann Charles, assistant director of Great Plains, announced her retirement effective May 18, just short of 10 years with the redevelopment authority.

Prior to this position she spent 27 years at the Parsons Sun – 17 of those as editor and publisher. “I never expected to actually have a second career,” Charles said, “but this has certainly become that.” (Read More)

Great Plains hosts tours

Great Plains Development Authority, May 9, 2017
USD 506Patrons of the USD 506 area toured Great Plains Industrial Park on May 6, following a slide presentation. Some of the group paused for a photo in Building 202 near one of Great Plains' locomotives. Lunch for the group was catered by Altamont's Corner Cafe' and sponsored by Labette Bank.

Parsons CDC

Members of the Parsons CDC board toured Great Plains on May 8, and were able to visit the former Penetration Test Barricade at the grenade area. Board members from left to right are Ashley Duncan, Becky Dantic, Jonna Gabbert, Marty Mendicki and John Latzer, who is speaking to Great Plains CEO Daniel Mann. Brett Giefer also attended the tour. 

Pitt State hosts two-day Global Manufacturing Summit

Courtesy Stuart Price, KSN & KODE, April 6, 2017
PITTSBURG, Kan. - In a town like Pittsburg, it's not unusual for students from outside of Southeast Kansas - and in some cases, outside the U.S. - to tour the campus. But in this case, it's businessmen and manufacturers.  

"We have delegations today here from Italy, China, Brazil and a few other areas from around the globe and we certainly have national representation as well," explained Kansas Commerce Secretary Antonio Soave. (Read More)

New legislation could benefit Great Plains

Parsons Sun, February 20, 2017
Great Plains is hopeful that this year will bring legislative action to help the industrial park in its efforts for economic development.
Funding from state and federal sources is becoming more limited, so other funding mechanisms are being sought to allow for further improvements and to encourage more business and industry to locate in the park. (Read More)

Great Plains replaces valves

Parsons Sun, January 18, 2017
Twenty-one water valves up to 18 inches in diameter were replaced over the icy weekend at the Great Plains Industrial Park's water treatment plant on the Neosho River.

The project was undertaken to help reduce the amount of leakage from the 1941 plant, which was originally built to supply water to the Kansas Ordnance Plant, later renamed Kansas Army Ammunition Plant. (Read More)

Rural leadership class visits Great Plains Industrial Park

Colleen Williamson:, Parsons Sun, December 8, 2016
The 30 members of the 13th Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership Class took in a visit Thursday of the Great Plains Industrial Park as part of their advanced statewide, two-year leadership training experience.

The KARL program is an educational experience offering intensive study, training and travel for emerging leaders in agriculture and rural communities. KARL’s mission is to provide first-class leadership development for agricultural and rural stakeholders by designing and offering challenging and illuminating education and enrichment programs as well as a forum for continuous engagement. (Read More)

Great Plains tour

Parsons Sun, November 8, 2016

The St. Paul and Chetopa chambers of commerce and USD 505 patrons toured Great Plains Industrial Park Saturday. The tour included a presentation and lunch. About 30 people from the areas participated. (Read More)

Great Plains tour for USD 505 patrons

Parsons Sun, November 1, 2016
The Chetopa Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a tour of Great Plains Industrial Park on Saturday for patrons of USD 505 in Chetopa and St. Paul. The tour will involve the 6,500 acres owned by Labette County. (Read More)

Kansas Commerce introduces JumpStart Kansas Entrepreneur

Kansas Department of Commerce, October 25, 2016
Phase one of the program will work with Kansas universities
The goal of JumpStart Kansas Entrepreneur is to incentivize and encourage “new businesses” while developing the entrepreneurial spirit in the state by partnering with our university structure and Network Kansas. This initiative is meant to showcase the tremendous opportunities and inherent resources available to entrepreneurs all across our landscape, both rural and urban. (Read More)

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