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NBAF animal disease lab In Manhattan has switched teams and It’s a USDA thing now
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
By BRIAN GRIMMETT
The terms for handing off the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kansas, have been settled — even as the billion-dollar-plus research site remains under construction.
In the agreement signed this week, the Department of Homeland Security remains responsible for completing construction of the state-of-the-art research facility. But it will hand over the job of running the place to the U.S. Department of Agriculture when construction wraps up. That’s expected at the end of 2020.
DHS has been responsible for the project since its inception, but the research arms of the USDA have always been heavily involved in planning. The USD...
PRESS RELEASE: Mickey Dean Completes Advanced Economic Development Program
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Mickey Dean, with Junction City / Geary County Economic Development, recently completed the Advanced Economic Development Leadership (AEDL) program. AEDL is a two-week executive education course developed by four partner universities (The University of Alabama, Clemson University, Texas Christian University, the University of Southern Mississippi). At graduation ceremonies in Kansas City, Missouri, graduates were awarded the Economic Development Master Practitioner diploma. Mickey Dean is one of fifty-five Economic Development Professional in the nation and the only one in Kansas with this diploma.
The Advanced program is an experiential course that explores economic development subjects that impact communities and states across th...
A grant is awarded to K-State for a rural railroad safety center
Monday, June 17, 2019
BY DEWEY TERRILL
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration has awarded more than $326 million in grant funds for a variety of state and local railroad infrastructure projects.
The grants will fund 45 projects in 29 states, including just over $2.5 million for a Rural Railroad Safety Center at Kansas State University.
Heading up the project will be Eric Fitzsimmons, assistant professor of civil engineering in the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering. His collaborators are civil engineering faculty members Robert Peterman, professor; and Christopher Jones and StacyKulesza, associate professors.
“Our state’s economy depends on safe, reliable rail transportation to connect farmers an...