The Norton City/County Economic Development Board Meeting June 5, 2018


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


Curtis Eveleigh moved and Wally Burton seconded a motion to approve the May meeting minutes. Motion carried 9-0.


John Pinegar and Doug Smith, consultants with Pinegar, Smith and Associates were in attendance to give an update from the last legislative session. The larger issues addressed were the State budget and school finance. While funds were allocated for school financing, the Supreme Court is still reviewing data and their decision may change that funding. The legislature had hoped to resolve the tax policy issue but due to conflicts between the House and Senate it will be carried over to the next session. The Kansas Department of Commerce spent most of the year looking at economic development efforts in the state. Pinegar and Smith also reiterated to the board the success of the Norton County Legislative Day held in Topeka in March. No other county does this type of event so Norton’s event makes a positive impression on the legislators and department heads.


Following the presentation, the board discussed the following items: 2019 NCCED proposed budget, a housing study, an event pavilion, incentives from NCCED to assist in the filling of critical jobs and the use of a summer High School intern for special project work.


The meeting was adjourned at 7:08 with a motion from Tom Brannan and a second from Aaron Hale.



Verla Grysch, Administrative Coordinator

Norton City/County Economic Development

205 S State Street

Norton, KS 67654

(785) 874-4816



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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 2020 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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