WICHITA, Kan - The Greater Wichita Partnership has released a statement saying there will be no incentives offered to bring a Tyson Foods poultry plant to Sedgwick County. The statement reads:
Through preliminary research and discussions with key partners, it has become clear there is not support in Sedgwick County for incentives for this project at this time. Given this information we thought it was best for the project team to let state partners know that Sedgwick County would likely not be competitive for this particular project.
“The Partnership has done excellent work gathering information and analyzing this potential project,” said Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O’Donnell. “However, the marketplace for new jobs especially at this level is very competitive and no community has unlimited resources. That means every community has to make decisions on when and where in the marketplace to compete. Sedgwick County has communicated to our state partners that this is one of those times when we need to focus our energy and resources on other economic development opportunities. We wish Tyson, the State of Kansas and especially all other communities who compete for this project the best. Tyson Foods already has many jobs and sites throughout Kansas and those communities greatly value the company’s investment and commitment. We believe this will be another one of those opportunities for a Kansas county.”
A Sedgwick County commissioner said he will not support incentives to bring in a new poultry plant for Tyson Foods, and he doesn't think the full commission will give its support.
Richard Ranzau spoke Wednesday after commissioners heard more concerns from county residents about the impacts of a Tyson plant. People have turned out for several recent commission meetings to talk about the impact of a plant on water sources, roads, property values and the environment.
Ranzau said he's disappointed in the way the issue has developed because commissioners haven't been able to have a full dialogue. He said one area in the southwest part of the county was getting attention as a possible site and he doesn't think that was a good location to begin with. Ranzau said he doesn't think Tyson will be coming to Sedgwick County.
Tyson recently announced plans for a poultry plant in Tennessee, and it's plans for Kansas were put on hold after strong opposition to a proposed site near Tonganoxie. Sedgwick, Cloud and Montgomery counties were mentioned as possible sites for the plant.