Norton City/County Economic Development


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The Norton City/County Economic Development board met at 5:45 on April 10, 2018. The meeting was called to order by Wally Burton, Vice-Chairman. Members present included Tom Brannan, Gayle James, Jerry Jones, Amber Nuttycomb and Dick Thompson. Absent were Mark Dewees, Curtis Eveleigh, Aaron Hale and Brad Hopkins. Also present were Mike Posson, Executive Director and Verla Grysch, Administrative Coordinator.

Wally Burton informed the board the sign for advertising the East Site Development is finished. Mike Posson said as long as the sign is located on our property there shouldn’t be an issue with location, as long as it is not in KDOT’s right of way. He will verify the right-of-way depth with KDOT.

Mike Posson and Tom Brannan reported on the Norton County Legislative Day held on March 21 in Topeka. They felt it was a successful event with a lot of good information shared at the meetings. Eight attendees from Norton County met with leaders from a variety of state departments: Departments of Commerce, Transportation, Agriculture, Wildlife and Parks, Health and Environment, and Corrections. Also meetings had been arranged with several legislators with assistance from Representative Rahjes and Senator Billinger.

New business included election of board chairman to replace Mike Posson who resigned from the board to accept the Executive Director position. Tom Brannan moved and Amber Nuttycomb seconded a motion to nominate Jerry Jones for Chairman. Tom Brannan then moved and Dick Thompson seconded a motion to cease nominations. The vote was unanimous to elect Jerry Jones.

Mike Posson gave his director report:  John Pinegar with Pinegar, Smith and Associates plans to travel to Norton for the board’s May or June meeting. The first strategic doing session for 2018 is scheduled for May 16 from 12-1:30 at the Heaton Building. Posson is coordinating with USD 211 and USD 212 to get the Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge and Career Fest on the 2018-19 school calendar.

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Derek Nester
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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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