The Dodge City Business Park has officially become a certified site, verifying that the 245-acre business park meets necessary criteria for industrial development.
The Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation was the first organization to complete the site certification process on March 11, through the Sunflower Electric Power Corporation Certified Sites Program.
“I am excited to have the Dodge City Business Park certified as an approved, developable site under the Sunflower program,” said Joann Knight, executive director for the Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation. “The thoroughness of their process brings great credibility to our site and community.”
Sunflower developed their certified sites program to spotlight the quality industrial opportunities within its members’ service territory spanning central and western Kansas.
To obtain the certification, a community gathers a comprehensive list of criteria on a potential land site, such as site characteristics, utility infrastructure, site availability and price.
“Having the due diligence completed on these sites in advance adds a competitive edge to a community’s effort to respond to potential opportunities and saves time for the business developer because there are no surprises with sites that are fully vetted,” said Nikki Pfannenstiel, Sunflower’s manager of member services.
An additional benefit of the Sunflower Certified Sites Program is an independent third-party review of a site’s potential for industrial opportunities.
Chad Sayre, vice president at Allstate Consultants who performed the independent review, applauded Sunflower’s rural development program.
“It has been a pleasure to work with the Sunflower team and their member communities to refine the Sunflower Certified Sites Program criteria and provide an engineering and technical view of the potential these great sites possess,” Sayre said. “Sunflower is making sure the world knows that their member communities in Kansas are open for business and ready to grow.”
To qualify for Sunflower’s program, a community must be served by one of Sunflower’s member distribution utilities, which Dodge City’s application was supported by The Victory Electric Cooperative Association, Inc.
“We are proud to be the local electric cooperative sponsor for Dodge City’s certification through Sunflower’s Certified Sites Program,” said Shane Laws, Victory’s CEO. “It’s exciting to reach this milestone, and we look forward to showcasing Dodge City’s Business Park through our marketing efforts. Having the first community complete the certification is just the beginning of what we see as more business development opportunities in our region.”
Sunflower has said they are looking forward to working with other communities within its members’ service territories to certify sites for industrial opportunities.
For more information visit at www.sunflowerecodevo.com or contact Nikki Pfannenstiel at 785-623-3334.