News & Events

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) 

County commission gets Great Plains update

Ray Nolting:, Parsons Sun, December 12, 2017
OSWEGO - Great Plains Industrial Park CEO Daniel Mann provided brief updates to Labette County commissioners on Monday morning. 

Mann told commissioners that Great Plains had 632 acres of land removed from the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) permit by the Environmental Protection Agency. (Read More)

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)


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