Regional Economic Development Partners:
As we learn more about the Tyson Foods project through the due diligence the project team is leading, we recognize the importance of updating you, the public and the media as regularly as possible. This is the first of those communications which we will send whenever there is new information or updates to the process. Please forward to anyone in your organization you would like to receive these updates. We will share this information with the media on the same day we share with you.
These first two weeks we’ve been working closely with the Kansas Department of Agriculture to gather the in-depth information from Tyson Foods needed to begin the process. We formed a project team with the technical expertise to address site and infrastructure needs and are meeting about multiple considerations and information needed.
As you know a project of this size has many moving pieces and layers to consider, many of which are interrelated and others dependent on each other. Given the unique nature of this project, we are gathering the information to fully understand the project at the same time as the community conversation begins on the idea of a Tyson project. Our focus is to gather the information so that elected officials and the community can have a full conversation.
Given the unique nature of this project, we’ve further identified the various roles organizations have.
- Greater Wichita Partnership – conduct the due diligence of the project which includes coordinating the process of site requirements, resource and infrastructure needs, labor study analysis and logistical considerations, among others.
- Sedgwick County – staff are a key part of the project team providing technical expertise and coordinating with the County Commission. The County is also gathering public input online at this point in the project with plans for community meetings once we know more information.
- City of Wichita – staff are part of the project team providing technical expertise.
- Cities in Sedgwick County – hearing information and gathering public input from constituents and will be part of the communication and listening process as information becomes known.
- Partners – There are many partners working on potential solutions to infrastructure needs, including utility partners.
- Agricultural/Ag Business – gathering information on farmer and rancher response and sharing those perspectives.
- Project Team – staff with technical expertise from various partners gathering in-depth information, working through each process step and analyzing potential options.
- Kansas Department of Agriculture – working with Tyson to explore three finalist communities in Kansas, including providing information and connecting to state agencies.
- Kansas Department of Health and Environment – providing information and oversight of water and wastewater options and laws.
There are additional partners than the ones listed above, but we wanted to give you an overview. If you have questions, please e-mail me back. I may route your question to others working with the effort to streamline efforts.
Our next e-mail will provide an estimated project process outline and timeline. Our plan is to get that to you in the next few days. Thank you,
Andrew Nave, CEcD
Executive Vice President of Economic Development
Greater Wichita Partnership
501 E. Douglas Ave. Wichita, KS 67202
O: (316) 500.6650
C: (316) 390.8950