GSLI Partners with Emporia RDA of East Central Kansas

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Global Site Location Industries (GSLI), a leading site selection and economic development consulting firm, are pleased to announce its partnership with Emporia RDA, the City of Emporia, and Lyon County, Kansas. Through the lead generation partnership, GSLI will assist Emporia RDA to accomplish its core goals: to create skilled jobs that benefit the community, encourage the retention of existing employment, and create massive growth opportunities for industry.

“Emporia ranks 5th in the state of Kansas for total agricultural output,” said Chuck Scott, President of  Emporia RDA. “It has agriculture value-added producers like Tyson Foods, Fanestil Meats, and Bunge North America, Inc. with facilities in the city. At the intersection of I-35 and I-335, our location is an advantage for getting products to and from facilities. That location also brings a lot of visitors to our city.

“Emporia is a community of adventure and is home to Unbound Gravel, the world’s premier gravel bicycle race. It’s also known as the Disc Golf Capital of the World. At just under 25,000 in population, we have Emporia State University, a 4-year college, and Flint Hills Technical College, which had the largest enrollment increase in the fall of 2022 in the state of Kansas.

“Emporia is the self-declared pet nutrition capital of the world and produces more pet nutrition meals than anywhere else in the world. It’s the home of Cargill Animal Nutrition, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, and Simmons Pet Food.”

GSLI’s Elite Cities marketing program will help Emporia RDA increase its pipeline of qualified expansion projects and enhance its business recruitment strategies through targeted outreach to industries of interest.

“Emporia is an exciting city for value-added agriculture,” said Eric Kleinsorge, CEO of GLSI. “With so many outstanding companies there already, a business-friendly environment, and easy logistics moving product in and out of the region, it’s the ideal choice for so many businesses that need to be in the heart of agriculture. A fantastic education system, a supportive government, and a vibrant business community make Emporia the perfect place for business expansion.” 


For more Information on the Emporia RDA visit: Reasons to work with Emporia RDA  

For more information on Global Site Location Industries, GSLI, visit: About GSLI   

About Emporia RDA: Emporia RDA proactively promotes economic growth of the East Central Kansas region through commercial and industry recruitment, expansion, and training enhancements. Twenty-five years ago, the Emporia RDA was created to be the lead economic development organization for the City of Emporia and Lyon County, Kansas. We work collaboratively with our various partners, Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau, Emporia Enterprises, our land management group, Emporia State University, Flint Hills Technical College, and Emporia Main Street. The RDA’s purpose is job creation, retention, expansion and recruitment of new primary businesses, and to create a pro-business climate.

About Global Site Location Industries, GSLI 

Global Site Location Industries, LLC (formerly known as the World Economic Development Alliance) is a site location firm founded in 1994. GSLI has helped over 1,200 companies identify economic development professionals that could assist them with their site location decisions. We have over 75 site location expert offices nationwide. We use the Project Qualification Team to conduct our initial interviews with companies to identify the viability of a project. The balance of our staff is customer service, project managers, production, web designers, and finance.