Manhattan, Kansas, home to Kansas State University, is the definition of a "communiversity" - a place where partnerships between universities and their home cities benefit both parties. Fort Riley, a major U.S. Army installation, is just west of town. These neighbors are a reason why Manhattan is cited by the Associated Press as one of the least economically stressed areas in the country.
Manhattan has been selected by the Department of Homeland Security as the site for the National Bio and Agro-Defense facility, a $720 million project opening in 2016. Other government biotech research facilities in town include the Arthropod-Borne Animal Disease Research Unit, and the Center for Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases. This growth in research will continue to make us a valuable part of the Animal Health Corridor.
Manhattan is also in the midst of a $200 million development project bringing major retail, a Discovery Center focusing on the prairie ecosystem and history, and a Conference Center that will accommodate over 750 attendees.