The Norton City/County Economic Development Board Meeting


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The Norton City/County Economic Development board met at 5:45 on August 14, 2018. The meeting was called to order by Jerry Jones, Chairman. Members present included Tom Brannan, Wally Burton,  John Griffiths, Aaron Hale, Gayle James, Amber Nuttycomb and Dick Thompson. Absent were Mark Dewees, Curtis Eveleigh and Brad Hopkins. Also present were Mike Posson, Executive Director and Verla Grysch, Administrative Coordinator.

Aaron Hale moved and Tom Brannan seconded a motion to approve the July meeting minutes. Motion carried 8-0.


Regarding the Strategic Relocation Incentive Plan proposed during the July meeting, Director Posson reports that in following with the board’s prior requests he had spoken with management representatives from several regional facilities and feedback received indicates the plan is valid for implementation.


Director Posson also discussed research and conversations with firms that conduct community-wide housing studies and has also spoken with several communities in Kansas and Nebraska that have had studies done. Several companies have been highly recommended, and he will arrange to have two or three presentations for the September meeting.


In his director report Posson updated the board on the following items: repairs to the mobile picnic table, assistance provided to two businesses with utility and energy walk-through’s, and upcoming events the Director plans to attend.


The meeting was adjourned at 6:25 with a motion from Aaron Hale and a second from Tom Brannan.


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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 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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