Salina, Kansas is a progressive city in the nation's heartland, blending just the right amount of rural heritage and hospitality with the excitement and amenities of urban America to make Salina a great place to live, work and visit!
In November 2009, Salina, Kansas was named the best place in Kansas to raise a family by Business Week magazine. Data used in the selection included school performance, household expenditures, crime rates, air quality, job growth, family income, museums, parks, theaters, other amenities and diversity. Affordability, safety and school test scores were given the greatest importance in the selection.
A strong public education system is essential to further economic development, recruitment of new business and the retention of current business and industry in Saline County.
Salina USD 305 is the second largest employer in Salina and a key component of the community’s economic vitality.
The city was founded in 1858 with the motto "Religion first, Education second, Business third." The community sits in the center of Kansas at the interchange of interstates I35 and I70. This positions the city of 50,000 as a regional hub for business, medical services and cultural activities.
Aggressive economic development initiatives continue to bring business and industry to the area. Several large industries are well established in the community, and include Exide Technologies, the world's largest car battery manufacturing plant; Philips Lighting, the largest manufacturer of fluorescent lighting lamps in the world; Schwans' Food Management, the frozen food giant (and manufacturer of Tony's Pizza); and Raytheon Aircraft.
Numerous health care services and clinics, in addition to the Salina Regional Health Center, support the health care needs of Saline County residents as well as all of north-central Kansas.
Post-secondary opportunities include Salina Area Technical College, Kansas State Polytechnic, Kansas Wesleyan University and The Land Institute. A number of state and private universities are within commuting distance.
The arts and humanities are highly visible in this community, and various agencies provide extensive cultural experiences in our schools to supplement arts education programs. The city has been identified as one of "The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America." Among the jewels in the community's treasured resources are The Salina Arts Center and Arts Center Cinema, the Salina Arts and Humanities Commission, the Salina Community Theatre, the Smoky Hill Museum and the Salina Symphony, and the recently-renovated Stiefel Theatre, an Art Deco-era performing arts venue.
A variety of leisure activities can be found in the community. The Rolling Hills Zoo, located six miles west of Salina in beautiful rolling prairie, is home to 80 species of animals housed in spacious, naturalistic habitat settings. The Salina Bicentennial Center serves as the venue for meetings, concerts and sporting events throughout the year. Annual community events include the four-day Smoky Hill River Festival which takes place in June and brings entertainment, fine arts, crafts and food at Oakdale Park in the heart of the city.
Salina Chamber of Commerce http://salinakansas.org/index.html
City of Salina http://www.ci.salina.ks.us/