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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • County officials urge citizens to seek information

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  • Harvey County officials urge community members with questions or concerns about the county’s economic development efforts to seek out information and do research.?Marge Roberson, county commission chair, believes community members will be impressed by the work of the county’s economic development council.?“The EDC does much more for the county than just encourage new industry,” she said. “... The EDC has been involved in multiple expansions. ... Those companies can all go somewhere else. But because our EDC has been active, in a lot of different ways, they decide to stay.”?Newton resident Gary Loyd spoke during the citizen’s forum portion of Monday’s Harvey County Commission meeting and said he did not think the EDC was being held accountable and community members were not being kept informed.?“I’m one of many out here,” Loyd said. “I’m unhappy with what they’ve spent so far.”?Officials said the Kansas Logistics Park is just one of the projects the EDC has been working on, and the organization works throughout the county — such as AGCO’s $40 million paint booth project in Hesston.?County officials encouraged community members who would like more information to attend EDC board meetings, which take place at 3:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month. These meetings are open to the public.

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