RDA proposing incentives for Simmons expansion project

The Regional Development Association reflected on 2017 and making plans for next year at its monthly meeting Friday morning.
RDA President Kent Heermann says the city competed well on three outstanding projects this year even if they were unsuccessful in luring them to Emporia. Perhaps the highlight of the year was the Simmons Pet Food expansion project announcement. Heermann says the RDA is now developing tax incentives to be presented to the Emporia City Commission. 
The city is funding water main improvements, engineering and a new water tower on the southeast side of Emporia to help with the expansion. The RDA is applying for an economic development administration grant to help with those water improvements and Heermann says they are optimistic they will be approved for that grant by early next year.
For the past three years, the RDA has used Applied Marketing to help with prospecting new businesses to the area, developing leads with the hope of bringing economic development to the Emporia area. Heerman discusses the processes involved in their marketing strategy.
No action was taken on the contract extension. It has been deferred until a January retreat.