It’s concerning that Cargill’s stated intentions to relocate and consolidate have not included a commitment to remain downtown or even in Wichita or Kansas. Mayor Jeff Longwell is among the local officials now engaged with the state in trying to help the company find a suitable alternative to its current Wichita headquarters at 151 N. Main and leased space nearby. There are 900 local jobs at stake in Cargill’s decision making about its Wichita operations, which span beef, turkey, cooked meat, value-added protein services and food distribution. Elected and business leaders need to be creative and assertive in helping Cargill meet its needs. Along with being a crucial local employer, Cargill is an outstanding community partner that Wichita and Kansas cannot afford to lose. – Rhonda Holman
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