News & Events

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) 

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.

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