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Gov. Laura Kelly Breaks Ground On Largest Economic Project In Kansas History

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Yesterday, Gov. Laura Kelly broke ground on Panasonic’s new electric vehicle battery plant, the largest economic project in Kansas history, which will create 4,000 jobs and inject $4 billion into the state economy.

Leaders on both sides of the aisle have routinely praised Gov. Kelly’s bipartisan leadership in drawing Panasonic to Kansas.

In contrast, Derek Schmidt spent yesterday quibbling about a new poll. At the same time, one of his top allies even attacked the bipartisan victory for Kansas. raising the question: does Derek agree?

Here’s what people are saying about the groundbreaking:

    • “With Panasonic as the crown jewel, Gov. Laura Kelly and Lt. Gov. David Toland have made four years of economic development work a major focus of their re-election campaign.”
    • “They boast 53,000 jobs created or retained and $14.7 billion in private sector investment across more than 750 projects over four years … They point to two Golden Shovel awards and one Governor’s Cup for economic development projects.”
    • “Kansas officials including Gov. Laura Kelly and others joined Panasonic executives Wednesday to break ground on the new Panasonic’s new $4 billion electric vehicle battery plant being built in De Soto, Kansas.”
    • “Panasonic officially started construction of a new electric vehicle battery plant in De Soto, Kansas, on Wednesday. It’s the largest economic development project in the history of Kansas.”
    • “Panasonic said building cylindrical ‘2170’ lithium-ion batteries in De Soto will spur innovation and provide critical production capacity to fuel economic growth and other opportunities for the entire region.”
    • “It is regarded as the biggest economic-development project in the state’s history, and several speakers Wednesday said its impact would be felt in DeSoto, next door in Olathe, down K-10 in Lawrence, across the Kansas City metro area, and across the entire state.”