Archive for Thursday, October 4, 2007

Port Authority identifies new sites for development

October 4, 2007

Leavenworth County Port Authority's Land Search Committee has officially identified seven sites in the county that are ripe for industrial park development.

Although the specific location of each site is to remain confidential to discourage speculation, land search committee chairman Dan Gutshall told authority members at a meeting Sept. 26 that at least one site in each of the county's four major municipalities and one private site were evaluated using a detailed scoring system.

The scores, which included seven components such as transportation, utility access and cost, will be used to attract prospective manufacturers to the area.

"The information is a very valuable source of detail that can be passed on to potential buyers that they don't get in other communities," Gutshall said.

He said that, while other political and economic factors may ultimately affect which sites are developed, the committee wanted to provide as qualitative an evaluation as possible.

The seven sites range in size from 87 to 237 acres. On a scale of 1,000, scores ranged from 457 to 696.

Tonganoxie City Administrator Mike Yanez said it was important to establish a set process to evaluate future sites for development.

"Business leaders, as they make decisions on where they want economic and industrial development to go public or private at least will have objective information to start with," he said.

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