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Great Plains update

Courtesy: Jeremiah Cook, KSN/KODE, January 3, 2019

Great Plains discusses possible tenant

Ray Nolting:, Parsons Sun, January 2, 2019
OSWEGO -- Labette County commissioners heard Monday that the owner of the administration building at the former Kansas Army Ammunition Plant may have an interested tenant or purchaser.

Becky Dantic, Tim Peoples and Bob Wood provided commissioners with an update on activities at Great Plains Industrial Park, which occupies the former KAAP. The Army announced the plant would close in 2005, which generated a community response to take over the property and market its buildings and parcels to create jobs. Dantic is Great Plains' project manager, Peoples is property manager and Wood is a Great Plains board member. Peoples said he performs maintenance on the grounds and in building 101 - the former KAAP administration building at 23018 Rooks Road - for Cornwall Specialty Trading Inc. of New York. (Read More)

City to take lead in eco devo efforts

Jamie Willey:, Parsons Sun, November 23, 2018
The city of Parsons will represent the Great Plains Industrial Park and Labette County in a collaborative economic development effort called Grow Labette County.

The Parsons City Commission approved an agreement with the county and Great Plains Development Authority on Monday evening. The commissioners approval is contingent upon the other entities signing the agreement with no major changes. It also hinges on Great Plains receiving federal funding. (Read More)

GPIP gains Red Bull Distribution

Rena Russell:, Labette Avenue, November 21, 2018
Becky Dantic and Tim Peoples of the Great Plains Development Authority gave an update at Monday's Labette County Commissioner's meeting.

A new lease was signed effective Nov. 1 with Red Bull Distribution Co., they will be located in the Building 1629, a small 2400 sq. ft. warehouse space where they will be running a couple of trucks. (Read More)

PSU hopes its plan could be roadmap for Great Plains' success

Colleen Williamson:, Parsons Sun, October 12, 2018
Shawn Naccarato, chief strategy officer at Pittsburg State University's Strategic Initiatives Enterprise, shared recommendations for the Great Plains Development Authority and Labette County Commission on the sustainability of Great Plains Industrial Park. 

Tremendous strides have been made at Great Plains Industrial Park given the monumental scope of the economic development endeavor for the region, and now Great Plains Development Authority is planning for the park's future growth and sustainability. (Read More) 

Board hopes to fill three open positions

Colleen Williamson:, Parsons Sun, October 12, 2018
Three positions are open on the Great Plains Development Authority board, following the resignations of long-time members. 

The GPDA board announced again Thursday that interested parties should apply. The board said they are looking for some diversification of the board and they want to extend their search into other parts of the county. (Read More) 

County discusses Great Plains park

Ray Nolting:, Parsons Sun, September 18, 2018
Labette County commissioners Monday received an update on Great Plains Industrial Park operations. 

Becky Dantic and Tim Peoples from the park attended the meeting as did Great Plains board members Gary Beachner and Bob Wood. 

Dantic is project manager for Great Plains and Peoples is property manager. Daniel Mann, CEO of Great Plains, resigned in mid-summer. (Read More)

Grand Osage plans special hunts for dove, deer

Colleen Williamson:, Parsons Sun, August 22, 2018
False information regarding lack of hunting access to Grand Osage Wildlife Area continues to be spread. The fact is, hunting is not forbidden on the former Kansas Army Ammunition Plant property, it is just restricted. 

Except for dove hunts, hunter access is granted through a permit draw. (Read More)

USD 506 does well in Niche report on schools

Colleen Williamson:, Parsons Sun, August 21, 2018
Niche has released its report of the 2019 Best School Districts in Kansas and Labette County USD 506 was notified it was ranked in the top 10 from among 284 districts.

The 2019 Best School Districts ranking is based on statistical analysis and reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. (Read More)

Mann resigns from Great Plains

Colleen Williamson:, Parsons Sun, July 18, 2018
Following an executive session at a Wednesday morning special meeting, the board of directors of Great Plains Development Authority accepted the June 30 letter of resignation from CEO Daniel Mann, effective July 31. (Read More)

Colyer signs bill to help Great Plains with development efforts

Colleen Williamson:, Parsons Sun, April 12, 2018

Gov. Jeff Colyer signed into law Senate Bill 185 during a ceremony Wednesday attended by dozens at the Great Plains Industrial Park near Parsons.

The signing was a momentous occasion for the Great Plains Development Authority, as passage of the bill overcomes major legislative hurdles and paves the way for future development of the park. (Read More)

Great Plains gets legislative victory

Ray Nolting:, Parsons Sun, March 30, 2018
Legislation that could boost efforts to develop the Great Plains Industrial Park east of Parsons passed through the Legislature this week and is on its way to Gov. Jeff Colyer's desk.

The proposed bills were separately developed in the House and Senate and combined into Senate Bill 185, which passed the Senate, it's final legislative hurdle, on a 39-0 vote Thursday. (Read More)

Goddard given leadership post in Senate Transportation Committee

Ray Nolting:, Parsons Sun, March 10, 2018
Sen. Dan Goddard, a Parsons Republican, has been named to a leadership position in the Senate Transportation Committee.

On Wednesday evening, Goddard was named vice chairman of the committee and on Thursday morning took his leadership seat. (Read More)

Proehl, Goddard discuss session issues

Ray Nolting:, Parsons Sun, January 26, 2018
Bills that would allow Great Plains Development Authority to incur debt or seek bonds to finance improvements in the park, including water system improvements, are circulating in the Kansas Legislature.

Sen. Dan Goddard, R-Parsons, introduced a bill in the Senate last week and Rep. Richard Proehl, R-Parsons, introduced a similar bill in the House this week. (Read More)

Labette, Cherokee named Work Ready

Parsons Sun, January 24, 2018
The trend of being an ACT Work Ready Community is quickly sweeping across the nation. 

There are 196 counties in the nation that are considered Work Ready Communities. Kansas is home to three of those counties: Labette, Cherokee and Potawatomie. (Read More) 


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