Greater Wichita Partnership releases details on Tyson food project

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) The Greater Wichita Partnership shared more information on Tuesday regarding Sedgwick County’s selection as a finalist for the Tyson Foods project.

With this briefing we have the following information to share:

The economic development agency said it is beginning the process of gathering more in-depth information about the project specifics from the Kansas Department of Agriculture and the company. This information is the first step in a process of due diligence from the company about the finalist counties and from the Partnership on behalf of public partners and the community.

Due diligence will include research such as:
o Labor analysis – what is the workforce needed and how does that match the region
o Grower Network analysis – working with stakeholders to determine spinoff agricultural requirements.
o Community input – gathering questions and input from the community
o Environmental analysis – analysis of a variety of factors such as air quality and water and sewer requirements

Each of these is in an initial planning phase and more information will be available in the coming weeks and months.

The process will likely take some time with numerous steps. As the Partnership learns more from the company on timeframe, it will continue to share next steps with stakeholders, elected officials and the community through the news media.

Eyewitness News learned last week that Sedgwick County, along with Montgomery and Cloud counties, were the three locations in Kansas in the running for a Tyson poultry plant.