Economic Development Data & Resources

Great Plains Industrial Park Project

Project Goal
Accelerate opportunity identification and business redevelopment of the Kansas Army Ammunition Military Base.

Project Objectives

  • To collaboratively develop and implement a three (3) year strategic marketing plan.
  • To “virtually extend” the market research and business development functions of the Great Plains Development Authority (GPDA), thus enabling their full time staff to focus on marketing deployment.
  • To create a networking process that accelerates the search for opportunities for collaboration among companies, regional educational institutions, and regional organizations.
  • To explore and evaluate the feasibility of non-traditional industrial park business development strategies designed to overcome nonconforming issues due to the nature of the park’s previous military mission.
  • To facilitate creative reuse thinking through a collaborative visualization process/techniques
    About Great Plains Industrial Park
    The Great Plains Industrial Park (GPIP) is a 13,727 acre park located in Labette County, Southeast Kansas and is the site of the former Kansas Army Ammunition Plant (closed as part of the 2005 BRAC Act). Centrally located between Tulsa, OK, Kansas City, MO, Wichita, KS, and Springfield, MO, it is serviced by major east-west and north-south highways and by the Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Railways. The Port of Catoosa is located 90 miles south and two major airports are situated within two hours drive of the facility. The park has parcels as large as 3,000 acres, and a large number of available operations and storage buildings. The facility has its own water and sewage treatment systems, more than 100 miles of roadway and 33 miles of improved rail capable of supporting unit trains. The Great Plains Development Authority (GPDA) has been commissioned to serve as the Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA) with the mission of accepting, marketing, developing and managing the new Great Plains Industrial Park.


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