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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly touts major economic impact of Panasonic battery plant

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Governor Laura Kelly chairing a meeting of the State Finance Council.
Dylan Lysen
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Kansas News Service
Gov. Laura Kelly attends a Kansas State Finance Council meeting where she and other legislative leaders approved incentives to draw Panasonic to the state.

Last week, Panasonic announced that De Soto, Kansas, has been chosen as the site of the company's new $4 billion electric vehicle battery plant.

The development deal, which follows months of effort by Gov. Laura Kelly and the Kansas legislature, is the single-largest private investment in state history. It will bring 4,000 jobs and an anticipated annual economic activity increase of $2.5 billion.

Governor Kelly joined KCUR's Up To Date to discuss how the deal came together and what it will mean for the state of Kansas.

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