Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly recently announced an exciting new partnership between the Kansas Department of Commerce’s Certified Sites program and Kansas-based Sunflower Electric Power Corporation, which will increase the number of shovel-ready development sites Kansas can showcase to developers nationwide.
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.
As the result of this new partnership, when a site has been certified through the Sunflower Electric Power Corporation Certified Sites Program, Commerce will automatically certify the site, as well.
“Showing developers the surplus of shovel-ready sites in Kansas is another strategic tool we can use to attract new businesses, new investments, and new jobs to our state,” Governor Kelly said. “My administration is pleased to partner with Sunflower Electric to draw in new business investment and maintain our state’s record-breaking economic success.”
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 (“greenfield”) or expansion projects.
“This agreement with Sunflower is a great way to get more sites certified in Kansas,” Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland said. “Sunflower’s certification process is thorough and detailed, and I’m pleased to join them in letting developers know where the state’s best economic development sites are located.”
The Kansas Certified Site designation is valid for three years, unless the property is sold or leased within that time. Successful recipients of the Kansas Certified Site designation receive many benefits, including marketing and investment attraction support. The Kansas Certified Sites program is incorporated into a variety of marketing campaigns and strategies that attract investors.
In addition, Commerce and Sunflower Electric partner with LocationOne, a respected sites and buildings database service, which allows communities in Kansas to post sites and buildings to a national website to be viewed by developers across the U.S.
“The Kansas Certified Sites program is a valuable tool communities can use to market sites to businesses and site location consultants by ensuring that a site is ready for development,” President of the Kansas Economic Development Alliance (KEDA) Steve Jack said. “This partnership will allow even more sites to be recognized and certified by the state.”
“We are excited to enhance job growth and economic activity in 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.”