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Dodge City Business Park Named Shovel Ready For Development

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Dodge City Business Park Named Shovel Ready For Development

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland today announced Dodge City Business Park has become the latest developed site to be certified through Kansas’ Certified Sites program.

This is a result of a new agreement between the Kansas Department of Commerce and Sunflower Electric Power Corporation. When a site has been certified through the Sunflower Electric Power Corporation Certified Sites Program, Commerce will certify the site as well, such as was done for the Dodge City Business Park.

“Our new partnership with Sunflower has already resulted in a major new addition to our Certified Sites program,” Lt. Governor/ Secretary Toland said. “Southwest Kansas is experiencing a significant economic development boom, and a major business park ready for immediate development is sure to be occupied quickly. This certification is more great news for the Southwest Kansas region and our state as a whole.”

In March, Sunflower determined the 245-acre business park meets necessary criteria for industrial development. The business park became the first site to complete the certification process through Sunflower’s Certified Sites program, subsequently making it a Kansas Certified Site.

“We are excited to have our first Sunflower Certified Site which will enhance job growth and economic activity in western Kansas,” Stuart Lowry, President and CEO of Sunflower Electric, said. “The dual certification with the Department of Commerce will enhance marketing opportunities for this site.”

The Kansas Department of Commerce’s Certified Sites Program, originally created and administered by the Kansas Economic Development Alliance (KEDA), informs developers about potential sites the state has deemed ideal and primed for investment and development. Kansas’ Certified Site designations are appealing to investors and site selectors because the certification:

  • Provides important background information on a site’s availability, utilities, site access, environmental records and site development costs;
  • Encourages faster site selection decisions; and
  • Can help advance undeveloped projects and expansion projects.

The Kansas Certified Site designation is valid for three years, unless the property is sold or leased within that time. Successful participants of the Kansas Certified Site designation receive many benefits, including marketing and investment attraction support. The Kansas Certified Site program is incorporated into a variety of marketing campaigns and strategies that attract investors, including a profile on the Commerce website and visibility on Commerce social media channels.

In addition, Commerce and Sunflower Electric partner with LocationOne, a respected sites and buildings database service, which allows communities in Kansas to post their sites and buildings to a national website to be viewed by developers across the U.S.

About Sunflower Electric Power Corporation

Sunflower Electric Power Corporation is a wholesale power supplier that provides electricity from  solar, wind, natural gas, and coal-based generating plants and operates 2,400 miles of high-voltage transmission for the needs of its seven Members, who serve customers living in central and western Kansas.

Sunflower’s member cooperatives include Lane-Scott Electric Cooperative, Dighton; Pioneer Electric Cooperative, Ulysses; Prairie Land Electric Cooperative, Norton; The Victory Electric Cooperative Association, Dodge City; Western Cooperative Electric Association, WaKeeney; and Wheatland Electric Cooperative, Scott City, Kansas. Southern Pioneer Electric Company is also a Member of Sunflower. Visit Sunflower’s website here.

About the Kansas Department of Commerce

As the state’s lead economic development agency, the Kansas Department of Commerce strives to empower individuals, businesses and communities to achieve prosperity in Kansas. Commerce accomplishes its mission by developing relationships with corporations, site location consultants and stakeholders in Kansas, the nation and world. Our strong partnerships allow us to help create an environment for existing Kansas businesses to grow and foster an innovative, competitive landscape for new businesses.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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