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Kansas State University provided 46.8 acres on the northern part of campus for NBAF. Property for industry and commerce is available adjacent to NBAF in the Partnership Research Park and across the street from NBAF in the Partnership Office Park.

Nestled in the heart of the scenic Flint Hills, Manhattan is a thriving center for trade, education, government, health care, and entertainment. The Manhattan area is home to Kansas State University and features a respected army post, fine arts, the beauty of nature, exciting sports teams, and a wide range of other qualifications and attractions. Manhattan has an abundance of infrastructure to accommodate new business development or expansion. Reasonably priced land, utilities, transportation and the advantage of a centralized location make Manhattan an attractive possibility for growth and development potential to your business. Learn more about opportunities in Manhattan.


Located on the I-70 corridor between Manhattan and Salina, Abilene offers an affordable, accessible small-town quality-of-life option for your company.  Abilene is the hometown of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the National Greyhound Association and the cattle heritage of the Chisholm Trail.  Abilene is served by two major rail lines, a municipal airport, fiber optics and a hospital.  Abilene has a long tradition of animal health with world-class veterinarians serving livestock and the greyhound industry.  Abilene's industrial park and "free land" sites are conveniently located at Exit 272 off I-70 and have a full range of public facilities with sufficient capacity to accommodate your company.  Real estate prices are some of the most affordable in the corridor.  Many development incentives are available.  We look forward to visiting with you and exploring your opportunities in Abilene and in Dickinson County.  For more information, contact Bob Morando at 785-263-1562 or James D. Holland, community development director, at 785-263-2355. Learn more about opportunities in Abilene.

Clay Center

Clay Center's state-of-the-art reverse osmosis (RO) water treatment facility has a current capacity of three million gallons per day, expandable up to 4.5 million gallons, from abundant water resources with protected senior water rights. When primary sources are interrupted they have the ability to produce 28.5 Mw of base load electric power locally, which keeps down-time to a minimum. Fiber optic infrastructure and related technologies provide Gigabit internet services, advanced voice communications, cyber-security protection, highly secure and quickly recoverable data storage, as well as other services. All of this is less than 40 low-traffic miles from NBAF and the Animal Health Corridor. Learn more about opportunities in Clay Center.


Concordia has two shovel-ready industrial sites served by a fiber network faster than Google Fiber. Located away from residential areas, both sites offer more space and other advantages for developers.  Concordia is home to Cloud County Community College, which has a track record of creating industry-specific training and certification programs to meet local needs.  Concordia is on U.S. Highway 81, which is the only four-lane highway in Kansas connecting with Interstate 70 in Kansas and Interstate 80 in Nebraska.  Both the BNSF and Kyle railroads serve Concordia.  The community is strategically investing in quality-of-life projects to attract professionals.  A fully programmed public space in the heart of downtown is now the nucleus of a vibrant entertainment district, complete with multiple restaurants, bars and activities.  Recent investments in public parks, dog parks and disc golf courses provide ample opportunities to enjoy nature by citizens of all ages and interests.  Learn more about opportunities in Concordia.

Council Grove

Immerse yourself in the Flint Hills life in Council Grove and Morris County!  Forty minutes south of Manhattan, excellent opportunities abound for you to start, expand or relocate your business.  A well-developed industrial park (offering free land) in Council Grove and the airport industrial park in western Morris County await your development.  Council Grove's Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is equipped with fiber-optic broadband capability that is locally owned and operated.  A competitive tax rebate program in Council Grove can offset costs in your building development and relocation.  Reasonably priced real estate and many opportunities for hiking, biking and water sports make Council Grove an excellent location for professionals within the Flint Hills region to call home.  Learn more about opportunities in Morris County.


Strategically located at the nexus of I-35, I-335, and U.S. Highway 50 in East Central Kansas, which is 78 miles from Manhattan. This regional manufacturing, education, transportation, medical, and agricultural center provides economic diversification in the east central Kansas region. An active participant in the Animal Health Corridor region from Manhattan, Kansas, to Columbia, Missouri, and from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Emporia, Kansas represents over 56% of the total worldwide animal health, diagnostics, and pet food sales. Emporia is the self-declared Pet Nutrition world capital. Cargill Animal Nutrition, Hill's Pet Nutrition, and Simmons Pet Food are located in Emporia, producing more companion animal meals per capita than anywhere in the world. Both Emporia State University (ESU), and Flint Hills Technical College (FHTC), located in Emporia, graduate educated and trained professionals for the animal health corridor. Emporia has many available buildings, and pad-ready sites for expansions. We invite you to discover Emporia at www.emporiarda.org.


Marshall County is just 40 minutes north of Manhattan with farm land now open for developing, an active center for custom manufacturing, a wealth of ag and ranching businesses, and an opportunity to transload on the Union Pacific Railroad. Marysville, the county seat of Marshall County, was voted one of the top five best small towns to live in by Kansas! magazine. With historic buildings and a cobblestone street, downtown Marysville is a one-of-a-kind business area. The town is well-known for its rare black squirrels and promotes them with fiberglass versions placed throughout the city. Offering an advanced hospital, quality public schools, a new aquatic center, active arts communities and access to the Blue River Rail Trail, the quality of life in Marshall County is a great draw. Learn more about opportunities in Marshall County, or for more information, contact Ellen Barber, director of economic development, at 785-207-7598.


K-State Olathe supports a range of academic, research and outreach activities focused on expanding the educational and economic growth opportunities for the region. Professionals in the metro area come to campus to collaborate with industry, earn a degree or graduate certificate, advance their careers and become a key asset in their organization. K-State Olathe also houses collaborations between researchers and companies, both public and private, so that the technology being developed is what industry demands to solve real-world challenges. Contact K-State Olathe to connect with Olathe community officials about partnership space.


Kansas State Polytechnic in Salina provides a small campus atmosphere with a professional learning environment built on theory, research and industry application in the classroom. The campus is also home to an elite aviation program, including a nationally ranked Unmanned Aircraft Systems degree track, and is located adjacent to a 12,000-foot runway and enclosed flight pavilion.

Salina has a competitive mix of greenfield, development ready sites and existing buildings of various sizes and configurations situated in attractive locations throughout the county. Located at the intersection of Interstate 70 and Interstate 135, Salina is a regional hub for transportation, health care, retail, aviation and manufacturing while maintaining a small town feel with a large city's amenities. The community has 1,200 acres of industrial sites available in North Salina, the South Industrial District, and the Airport Industrial Center. Sites range in size from 1- to 240-acres, and are available for aviation, manufacturing, and distribution and warehouse businesses. Complete economic and statistical data, as well as site and building information are available on demand. Learn more about opportunities in Saline County.


Pottawatomie County is one of the most rapidly growing counties in Kansas. The county has a population of more than 22,000 people, of whom 20-25 percent have a direct relationship with Kansas State University. It is one of only three counties in the state of Kansas to be recognized by ACT as a Work Ready County. Pottawatomie County is quite large and diverse with a land mass of 862 square miles, of which slightly less than 1 square mile is shared with the city of Manhattan. The county does not have one major dominant community, but rather has 12 incorporated municipalities from less than 100 residents to about 4,500 residents. One unincorporated community, Blue Township, is the fastest growing residential area of the county with more than 3,000 residents. Most of the county is rural and agricultural but there are city centers scattered across the county. The largest community, Wamego, has a mix of manufacturing and service industries, with approximately 30 acres and fully developed land adjacent to Highland Community College. St. Marys, which is 10 miles east of Wamego, also has a 20-acre industrial park adjacent to all utilities. For assistance contact jack@ecodevo.com, call 785-456-9776 or visit ecodevo.com.