Hays, Kan.—Dec. 8, 2021— Scott City, Kan., is the latest community to attain certification for its industrial business development site through the Sunflower Certified Sites Program. Certification of the site verifies the 97-acre tract of land meets rigorous criteria for industrial development.
The SCIP North - Lawrence Addition is the third business site certified by Sunflower’s program. The Dodge City Business Park achieved certification in March 2021, followed by Unified Greeley County’s 24-acre Tribune site in October. The program’s three certified sites total 365 acres.
Sunflower developed its certified sites program to create greater awareness of industrial opportunities within its members’ service territories spanning central and western Kansas. “Scott City is honored to have been selected as a pilot partner by Sunflower Electric Economic Development to pursue certified site status for the SCIP North – Lawrence Addition,” said Katie Eisenhour, executive director of Scott County Development Committee (SCDC). “When the City of Scott City acquired this property in 2019, it seemed logical to certify this large tract, which is adjacent to rail, highway and air transportation. Having this site readily available to industrial companies seeking relocation or expansion fills a high-priority need for us.
The city is prepared to offer several incentives to potential occupants and in-kind site infrastructure improvements, which is located within the city limits of Scott City, Kan., 1.2 miles east of US Highway 83 and immediately north of K96.
A benefit of the Sunflower Certified Sites Program is an independent third-party review of a site’s potential for industrial opportunities. Allstate Consultants performed the independent review.
“We are proud to work with Sunflower and personnel from Scott City to verify another great community in western Kansas has property ready for business development and expansion,” said Chad Sayre, vice president at Allstate Consultants. “Our engineering and technical work provides additional confirmation that a site meets the high standards required for certification.”
Sunflower’s Certified Sites Program is open to all communities in Sunflower members’ service territories.
“We are hoping more of our members’ communities see value in certifying their sites for industrial opportunities,” said Nikki Pfannenstiel, Sunflower’s manager of member services. “A certified site gets attention from business developers because the endorsement means due diligence has been completed, saving the developer both time and money.”
Eisenhour applauded Sunflower and Allstate Consultants for their assistance in certifying the city’s new industrial site.
“Working with the Sunflower economic development team and Allstate Consultants was critical during this endeavor,” she said. “Their knowledge, expertise, and encouragement guided us through the process. Thank you, Sunflower. You are so much more than the supplier of our electricity; you are our partner in Scott City’s growth and vibrancy.”
For more information visit sunflowerecodevo.com or contact Nikki Pfannenstiel at 785.623.3334.
About Sunflower—Sunflower Electric Power Corporation is a regional wholesale power supplier that operates a system of solar, wind, natural gas, and coal-based generating plants and a transmission system of approximately 2,400 miles for the needs of its seven Members, who serve customers living in central and western Kansas. Visit Sunflower’s website at sunflower.net
Sunflower’s member cooperatives include Lane-Scott Electric Cooperative, Dighton; Pioneer Electric Cooperative, Ulysses; Prairie Land Electric Cooperative, Norton; The Victory Electric Cooperative Association, Dodge City; Western Cooperative Electric Association, WaKeeney; and Wheatland Electric Cooperative, Scott City, Kansas. Southern Pioneer Electric Company is also a Member of Sunflower.