Public Information Officer
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Wichita, KS 67203
Please see the message below from the
Greater Wichita Partnership, including a statement from Sedgwick
County. We appreciate your input through the website and
email, and this community input will remain open through
end of day Dec. 15. Thank you.
Through preliminary research and discussions with
key partners, it has become clear there is not support in Sedgwick County for
incentives for this project at this time. Given this information we thought it
was best for the project team to let state partners know that Sedgwick County
would likely not be competitive for this particular project.
“The Partnership has done excellent work
gathering information and analyzing this potential project,” said Sedgwick
County Commissioner Michael O’Donnell. “However, the marketplace for new
jobs especially at this level is very competitive and no community has unlimited
resources. That means every community has to make decisions on when and where in
the marketplace to compete. Sedgwick County has communicated to our state
partners that this is one of those times when we need to focus our energy and
resources on other economic development opportunities. We wish Tyson, the State
of Kansas and especially all other communities who compete for this project the
best. Tyson Foods already has many jobs and sites throughout Kansas and those
communities greatly value the company’s investment and commitment. We believe
this will be another one of those opportunities for a Kansas county.”
Part of the Partnership’s role is to conduct
analysis of and discussions of all potential projects. When it comes to public
investment in any of those potential projects, we respect that it’s the role of
elected officials to determine when and if public investments are made. The
positive news is that our staff is working on multiple projects in a variety of
industries, and we are seeing increased interest in the opportunities available
within our region. Agriculture continues to be an important industry cluster
within our region and is an integral part of our community’s Blueprint for
Regional Economic Growth (BREG) plan. It’s also important to note that local
governments do not provide investments or incentives for all projects. We will
continue to compete as aggressively as possible for economic development
opportunities for this area and will work with our state and local partners to
grow our region.
If you would still like to submit
input before the site and email close at 5 p.m. Dec. 15,
to view current community input topics.
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