BNSF, KDOT working with local leaders on business-friendly infrastructure improvements

After major infrastructure improvements the past couple years to enhance the chances of landing business and industry just west of Emporia, more improvements could be coming along that front.


KVOE's Newsmaker II segment Monday was dedicated to the work of Emporia Enterprises, a local group that works to set the stage for economic growth through land acquisitions and other means. Board president Steve Brosemer says there have been fruitful discussions recently between Emporia Enterprises and Burlington Northern Santa Fe for a very hot commodity locally -- rail service.


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Also, the city of Emporia and Lyon County have been working with KDOT for possible stoplights. One option is a light at Road F-5, which would  be a great concession on KDOT's part because the department is very picky about how it allows access to state and federal highways. He also says the more likely intersection for development is US 50 at Road F, which already has PrairieLand Partners John Deere as a major visible business at that intersection. There is at least one business interested in moving to that intersection. Details are not being released at this time other than a warehouse could be involved.


The city several years ago decided to facilitate other improvements, including sewer and water lines, fiber optic service and other infrastructure to make that area more attractive to potential businesses.


Emporia Enterprises is now working on a website to both highlight the development group's history and links to similar local and regional efforts. The address will be released later.

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