Saturday, September 07, 2013

Wichita economic development leaders still wrangling with certifying industrial sites

By Dan Voorhis 
The Wichita Eagle

A year ago, economic development leaders in Wichita were talking about how “certifying” industrial sites was crucial to boosting the area’s competitiveness for landing new manufacturing plants and other facilities.

More than half of all states, Oklahoma and Missouri among them, have certified site programs, although Kansas does not.

“It’s almost a baseline that if you don’t have a certified site (site selection consultants) won’t even look at you,” said David Bossemeyer, managing director for the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition.

Today, some work has been done on developing a certification program, but there is not yet a program and no sites have been certified.

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