I'll Show You Mine if You Show Me Yours

Want to know what KSU is pimping around the country during Realignmentpalooza?  I'm currently working with a company that is interested in the Flint Hills region and they asked how KState could fit into their decision making process.  Wanting the most up to date numbers and info I called the Kirk's office and asked if they had updated their research gist sheet.  They did, just recently.  

Free business tip of the day: This is the same sheet used by the Chamber and EDC, but it never hurts to make someone who controls access to powerful people feel useful and needed.  I say this not only to make you more successful in life, but to let you know this is public info.  My loose lips are sinking no ships.

I wasn't told this was included in any packets that might have gone out electric or otherwise. Read it and decide if you would include it if you were trying to not get left out in the cold.  If your University (yeah I see you pokin' around) has a similar gist sheet specific to just research, let's see it. Text below is the gist. 


Kansas State University - Bioscience & Research Powerhouse

Kansas State University, continues to expand its already formidable presence in animal health, food safety, food security, biosecurity research and engineering.  Manhattan has been named as the site for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF), run by the Department of Homeland Security.  The $760 million project will employ over 450 scientists and researchers with an annual research budget of $2.9 billion and generate $3.6 billion in local private sector economic impact during its first 10 years of operation. 

Even before the arrival of NBAF, more than 160 K-Staters are involved in food safety and security and animal health research, with projects tackling issues in plant health, animal nutrition, infectious disease and public health.  In the 2010 fiscal year the university's funding base for research alone was over $220 million.

In the last 25 years, K-State ranks sixth among all 2,400 public and private universities in the U.S. for the number of Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater and Udall scholars produced.  They are first among the nation's 500 public universities.

Manhattan is also on part of the "Animal Health Corridor" that extends east into Missouri.  Nearly one-third of the $15 billion global market in animal care services and products are researched and produced there.  It includes more than 125 animal health organizations (37 of which are global leaders).  Major bioscience and research initiatives in Manhattan include:

ABADRU - the Arthropod Bourne Animal Disease Research Unit conducts research on the diagnosis and control of livestock diseases that are transmitted by arthropods (i.e. insects, ticks and spiders).  ABADRU is part of K-State's Center for Grain and Animal Health Research (CGAHR).        

CEEZAD - the Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases works to enhance the capability of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop "state of the art" countermeasures for high priority emerging and zoonotic animal diseases.  This includes vaccines, detection, and epidemiology/modeling initiatives.       

Biosecurity Research Institute -- a $58 million federal project ensuring protection of the nation's food supply. In 2008 the BRI received $1.5 million from the Kansas Bioscience Authority to add high-end video capabilities to the Institute's educational infrastructure, and was the first facility in the nation to host the National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program's Biosafety and Biocontainment curriculum.      

Kansas State University Grain Science Complex -- the first professional institute in the U.S. to provide technical training in support of market development activities for U.S. grains and soybeans.  Agricultural and business courses are taught to students from around the globe.

NISTAC (National Institute For Strategic Technology Acquisition and Commercialization) --a not-for-profit organization focusing on technology transfer and commercialization of over 1,100 patents donated by Fortune 500 and technology companies.  One example of this commercialization process is NanoScale Corporation, which develops and commercializes NanoActive materials and products such as FAST-ACT, a chemical hazard containment and neutralization system.  Hazardous spills can be contained, neutralized and safely removed.

General Electric Aviation - in 2007 General Electric Aviation selected Kansas State University for a University Development Center to be located in Manhattan.  Work performed at the site includes software development, verification and validation, mechanical design and hardware design.  This will result in over 40 engineering jobs within the next few years.

Bioprocessing and Industrial Value Added Program (BIVAP) -- fosters research focused on turning Kansas crops into value-added products and testing cutting-edge processes used to produce new grain-based food and non-food products.  This includes everything from biodegradable shell casings to disposable knives and forks made out of grain.

Grain Marketing and Production Research Center - the USDA's main facility for conducting research on measuring and controlling the quality of cereal grains throughout the grain industry.  Major initiatives include study of wind erosion, ensuring grain quality and safety, and control of insect pests in the food supply. 

Heartland Plant Innovations for Wheat Research - Manhattan is home to the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers, Kansas Wheat Commission. HPI, a $25 million partnership with the Kansas Bioscience Authority, develops and commercializes new genetic traits for wheat, sorghum and native plants. 


Animal Vaccines -- Kansas State is an acknowledged leader in the development of animal vaccines, such as those that combat West Nile virus.  This base of technologies promises to grow even more under the Kansas Economic Growth Act (KEGA).  Under KEGA, funding support for bioscience research at Kansas State will continue at a strong pace.

Terry C. Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research - located on the K-State campus, the Center's mission is: " further the understanding of cancers - thereby leading to improved methods of treatment - by continuously advancing research and enhancing graduate and undergraduate education and training programs, meanwhile promoting public awareness and prevention through community outreach."

Quality of Life / Accolades -- Manhattan is the focal point for trade, service and health care sectors in an eight-county region.  In the last ten years Manhattan's retail sales have increased 50% to a pace of $1 billion annually.  Grand Mere is home to commercial and residential development, as well as Colbert Hills, regarded as the best public golf course in the state.  A $200 million Downtown Redevelopment project is increasing Manhattan's retail presence.  Manhattan is in Riley County, cited by a 2009 Associated Press study as the "Least Economically Stressed County in the U.S. -over 25,000 Population."

Kansas State University regularly makes lists of best bargains among public colleges, and the community is receiving accolades as well:

  • # 1 Best Small Community in U.S. for Business  and Careers (Forbes, 2011)
  • # 2 Metro for Economic Growth Potential (Business Facilities, 2010)
  • "100 Best Places to Live" (RelocateAmerica, 2009).
  • Manhattan High School - top 5% of high schools in the U.S. (Newsweek, 2009) 
  • Money Magazine cited Manhattan a community with one of the 25 Best Commuting Times from its "Best Places to Live Index (2008)
  •  "Ten Best Places to Retire Young" (, 2007)  
  • Where to Retire Magazine listed Manhattan as one of "Eight Midwestern Retirement Havens" (2007)
  • Sports named Manhattan High School the top athletic program in the state of Kansas (2007)
  • rated Manhattan # 23 out of 577 communities in the country with populations under 100,000 (2006)

Manhattan represents the best of all worlds: a dynamic Big 12 college atmosphere, top research facilities, and an appealing living environment that is winning notice all over the country. 

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