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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...
Dealing with Pain Points: Tips for Innovators & Entrepreneurs
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Sometime innovators and entrepreneurs get swept up in excitement for their own ideas and expect that once they start moving ahead, it will be a straight-line to success. In such cases, unexpected but ordinary challenges can feel like insurmountable obstacles. More often than not, there are hurdles along the way to successful commercialization of a new product, technology or service; and it is helpful to be prepared for them ahead of time. It is important for innovators to recognize there are often pain points along the path to commercial success during start-up and growth phases: some are ordinary problems t...
Federal grant helping KSU Polytechnic Campus, law enforcement evaluate remote-sensing technology to
Thursday, January 17, 2019
By Dewey Terrill
SALINA — The Applied Aviation Research Center on the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus is working with law enforcement partners to evaluate small unmanned aircraft remote sensing technologies to reconstruct crime scenes.
Under the grant, sponsored by the National Institute of Justice, the center is collaborating with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Riley County Police Department and the Kansas City Police Department in MIssouri to evaluate sUAS remote sensing technology and compare it to the conventional methodology of using terrestrial-based LiDAR — or laser-based remote sensing technology — systems for crime scene reconstruction. Unlike previous studies, the Polytechnic Campus project will us...
K-State Launches Center of Excellence for Pancreatic Cancer Research
Monday, November 19, 2018
Manhattan — The Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University has launched a Center of Excellence for Pancreatic Cancer Research. The center has three areas of focus: cancer detection, drug discovery and studies involving in-vivo techniques and magnetic resonance imaging.
The center is led by Stefan Bossmann, professor of chemistry. The focus areas are led by, respectively, Jun Li, professor of chemistry; Duy Hua, university distinguished professor of chemistry; and Jianzhong Yu, assistant professor of anatomy and physiology.
Pancreatic cancer is the third-deadliest cancer in the U.S. Most pancreatic cancers are diagnosed late due to the absence of symptoms. Only 1 percent of peopl...
Topcon Agriculture establishes research campus at Kansas State University
Friday, October 05, 2018
By Dewer Terrill
Manhattan — Topcon Agriculture and Kansas State University announced Thursday, Oct. 4, a comprehensive partnership.
The Topcon Agriculture Research Campus in the K-State Office Park, 1880 Kimball Ave., Manhattan, will promote collaboration and engagement with students and faculty, boost the company’s research capacity as it develops new products, and solidify connections with producers through K-State Research and Extension.
“Topcon Agriculture and K-State have been working together for two years on various projects, and both entities sought a deeper, multifaceted partnership that would differentiate the typical vendor and university relationship,” said Fabio Isaia, CEO of Topcon Agriculture. “This strategic partnership will boost our R&D technology advancement t...
Chamber EDC to Prospect in China
Monday, October 01, 2018
The Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce through their economic development efforts will seek new prospects in China.
Junction City will be one of a handful of U.S. cities profiled in that country. Chamber of Commerce CEO Mickey Fornaro-Dean said the local Economic Development Commission has been advertising in the prominent “Site Selection” magazine for a year and a half. “They signed an exclusive contract with the largest media group in China and we have an opportunity to have our investment profile translated, and be put in front of the four largest media outlets as well as their major social medi...
New Orscheln to be completed by November
Thursday, August 02, 2018
The Junction City Orscheln Farm and Home Store project, which will be located at 121 E. Chestnut St., has begun to take some shape.
The project started in April, and construction crews from Glove Con Inc., based in Fulton, Mo., have worked on excavating the property, foundation slabs, and some metal framing work which started Tuesday.
The appearance of the store will resemble the company’s iconic barn appearance with siding and a covered walkway.
Orscheln will also have a 16,500-square-foot outdoor sales area.
“So, they won’t have stuff in the parking lot,” Bud Price, the project manager, said.
The store won’t have its own entranc...
Kollhoff Pharmacy expanding horizons
Thursday, July 26, 2018
It’s no secret the building Kollhoff Pharmacy occupies on Washington Street used to be a Pizza Hut. The distinct hut-style roof and the windows will soon be removed and the building will take on a new look.
“It’s kind of an iconic building,” John Kollhoff said at the groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning.
His wife, Sue, said they will be adding a drive thru to better serve customers and then will move on to remodeling the interior of the building.
“We’re putting on the drive thru outside and adding some additional space for some storage,” she said. “And when that is completed, we’re goin...
New Gordmans set to open its doors in Junction City
Thursday, July 26, 2018
A new Gordmans is set to opens its doors in Junction City.
The apparel and home decor retailer is set to join the Junction City community and will debut a new department store beginning with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16. at 437 E. Chestnut Street. The celebration will continue throughout a grand opening celebration weekend through Aug. 19.
The public is welcome to join Gordmans — a division of Stage Stores — associates and representatives from Stage Stores, the city of Junction City, Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce members and Junction City High School staf...
Camso Manufacturing USA Will Locate Plant in Junction City
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
By Dewey Terrill
Camso representative Jason Collins speaking at the podium during the Tuesday night Junction City Commission meeting.
The Junction City Commission has agreed to a deal to bring a new manufacturing company to the city.
Camso Manufacturing USA, LTD is a global company with headquarters in Quebec, Canada. They will put an operation in a renovated building in the I-70 Industrial Park on the south side of the city. They plan to hire up to 41 full time employees by January of 2020 and they are investing approximately $36.4 million to lease, renovate and equip a 139,000 square foot manufacturing facility...
Camso Selects Kansas for new Manufacturing Operations
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Junction City, KA (June 19, 2018) – Camso, an industry leader in manufacturing off-road tires, wheels tracks and track systems, announced plans today to establish a new manufacturing operation in Geary County, KS.
Camso serves the Material Handling, Construction, Agriculture and Powersport industries by manufacturing and distributing off-road tires, wheels, rubber tracks and undercarriage systems. It operates advance R&D centers and manufacturing plants in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. The announced project will support the Agricultural and Construction division of Camso as an extension of the track manufacturing facility in Emporia, Kansas.
The Canada headquartered company is investing approximately $36.4millio...
Union Pacific Railroad looks to grow in JC area
Monday, June 18, 2018
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Recently, Economic Development Director Mickey Fornaro-Dean invited the industrial vice president of the Union Pacific Railroad to Junction City for a tour of prospective sites. Dean informed the Economic Development Commission of the project’s active status Thursday morning at the monthly meeting.
“We spent four to four and a half hours in Geary County and Junction City looking at potential opportunities for Union Pacific service,” she said.
Dean said they toured the area and discussed what were the best steps to take next to be able to look at working together.
“There is a lot of opportunity and we’re very excited,&rdquo...
New EDC Director Officially Arrives in Junction City
Friday, January 06, 2017
The Daily Union, Vol 156, No. 87, Page 1
New Economic Development Commission Director Mickey Fornaro-Dean has officially arrived in Junction City.
Dean arrived earlier this week, and has been impressed so far with everything she has seen.
“I was impressed before I came to Junction City, and I still am,” she said Thursday. “The people are just as warm, as vibrant, as exciting as I’d thought they’d be.”
Dean’s to-do list has been long since she officially arrived, but so far it’s mainly been meet-and-greet before she can really start to work.
“I have all kinds of ideas,” she said. “But really, th...
Commercial Driver’s License Certificate Program Offered
Tuesday, January 08, 2019
Cloud County Community College will be offering a Commercial Driver’s License certificate program in February at the Geary County campus in Junction City.
The program will have two phases. Phase one will provide the training necessary to successfully take the CDL general knowledge, combination vehicle and air brake Class A written test with the state of Kansas. Some of the topics covered will include driving and transporting cargo safely, air brakes and hazardous materials rules.
Phase one is a non-degree, non-credit certificate course that will cost $400. It will begin on Monday, Feb. 4, and will run for two weeks, Monday-Thursday fro...
Press Release: Rural and Independent Innovators Conference to be held in Manhattan, KS on January 28
Tuesday, January 08, 2019
RIIC is for innovators who want to know when and how to move forward with their ideas and for businesses that want to grow through access to innovation. The day and a half long conference will take people through the life cycle of getting from idea to commercialization. Attendees will hear informative discussions of topics such as how to pull together financing for early stage and later stage ventures, intellectual property, risk management, production and scalability, licensing, access to markets, and exit strategies. In addition, they will have opportunities to interact with business support resources and other entrepreneurs.
For more informatio...
City Commission Supports Camso Project
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
By Dewey Terrill
The Junction City Commission has taken action to support Camso.
The governing body authorized the issuance of a taxable industrial revenue bond totaling up to $6 million for a project where the company will put a local operation in the I-70 Industrial Park. They will manufacture tracks for agricultural equipment.
City Manager Allen Dinkel confirmed the city is not liable for repayment of the bonds. He noted that the City will own the building during the IRB process and the owners of the building are going to make a payment in lieu of taxes in an amount equal to th...
Groundbreaking Ceremony Update for New JCHS
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
By Dewey Terrill
Formal groundbreaking for the new Junction City High School project is set for 2:30 p.m. Friday at the new school location near the K-18 – Munson Road intersection.
There is a chance of rain in the forecast so USD 475 officials are making adjustments in their plan. The Chief Operations Officer for the school district, David Wild says he increased the size of the tent for the event late last week, “to a 40 x 40. I’ll probably add a tentage over the speaker’s podium if it looks like rain is imminent.” Concessions will be served inside a nearb...
JC officials increase amount for Street Maintenance Project
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Junction City officials increased the amount for the 2018 Street Maintenance project, Tuesday, June 19.
In March, the City Commission approved a bid to Bayer Construction for $864,084.25 for the project.
As the Public Works Department budgeted $1.1 million for the project, and the city received a good bid from Bayer, Public Works Director, Ray Ibarra, asked city officials to increase the project amount by $240,652, which would bring the total amount to $1,104,736.25.
Junction City Mayor, Pat Landes, noted that the use of the word “increase” may be a little misleading as the City isn’t necessarily increasing costs. Rather, they’re usin...
INTRUST Bank to purchase Millennium Bank
Monday, June 18, 2018
Daily Union Staff
INTRUST Bank announced Friday that it has reached an agreement with Millennium Bank of Junction City to purchase the bank, including its location in Junction City and related assets, subject to regulatory approval.
Millennium Bank will continue to operate as usual until the closing of the transaction, expected in the third quarter of this year.
Since 2007, INTRUST Bank has operated in Junction City when it acquired First State Bank of Junction City, and is currently located at 904 W. Sixth St.
“This purchase is an opportunity to improve our presence in Junction City while bringing added value to Millennium Ban...
Economic Development Commission receives updates on new high school
Friday, June 15, 2018
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The Junction City-Geary County Economic Development Commission received an update on the new Junction City High School from Unified School District 475 officials Thursday morning during its monthly meeting.
The district’s Chief Operating Officer, David Wild, said there are several things that are of interest for the economic development that come with the new school.
“I think of primary interest to you all will be the bidding process,” he said.
As the Board of Education and the district move forward, any element of this project that exceeds $20,000 must be competitively bid, according to Kansas law.
Wild said this is relevant t...
JCHS Project Update
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
by Dewey Terrill
The work to build a new Junction City High School is still in the early stages but a number of topics were touched on during a report by the Chief Operations Officer for USD 475 David Wild to city, county and board of education elected officials on Monday.
The bullet points include:
It is lawful and legal for the proposed land site to be transferred to USD 475. A court decision in the eminent domain case that can determine value of the property is expected in mid to late April.
Kaw Valley Engineering has completed a survey of the 160-acre property...
School Board supports retention of Administrators
Tuesday, February 06, 2018
The Geary USD 475 Board of Education has approved a series of motions designed to achieve the end result of retaining Junction City Middle School Principal Mary Wright and Junction City High School Principal Melissa Sharp in their jobs.
There was a motion on the Board agenda to approve the adoption of a resolution for the non-renewal of an administrator’s contract, that of Mary Wright. After about one hour of executive session testimony in support of Wright and BOE deliberation, Board member Anwar Khoury moved to remove the non-renewal item from the agenda. He also moved to rescind the resignation o...
USD 475 Superintendent of Schools Announces Retirement Plans
Tuesday, February 06, 2018
by Dewey Terrill
The Superintendent of Schools for Geary USD 475, Dr. Corbin Witt, has announced his plan to retire July 1, 2019 after the 2018-19 school year.
Witt told JC Post they were talking about contract extensions and he wanted the Board of Education to understand why he didn’t want a contract extension. “So I just told them I’m going to plan to work out this current contract which goes through July 1, 2019 and then I was going to retire. That was what I told the Board so that they would know why I was not wanting my contract extended.”
School Bond Issue Passes
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
BY Dewey Terril
Voters have approved a bond issue to help fund a new Junction City High School.
The vote on Tuesday was 1,825 in favor and 1,455 no. There are some provisional ballots that will be reviewed by the Board of Canvassers on Monday, but Geary County Clerk Rebecca Bossemeyer confirmed there are not enough of them to change any of the election outcomes.
Geary USD 475 Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Corbin Witt, was relieved after the votes had been counted. The next step will be to purchase land for the new school. “We’ve got to go through and interview for ...