The Norton City/County Economic Development board meeting April 9

The Norton City/County Economic Development board met at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9 at the Economic Development office. The meeting was called to order by Curtis Eveleigh, Chairman. Members present included: Deborah Anderson, Tom Brannan, Donna Foley, John Griffiths, Aaron Hale and Dick Thompson. Absent was Wally Burton, Brad Hopkins, Gerald Jones and Amber Nuttycomb. Also present was Mike Posson, Executive Director and Verla Grysch, Administrative Coordinator.Also present to address the board were Tara Vance, Executive Director – Norton County Community Foundation and Donna Liddle, Executive Director – Norton Chamber of Commerce/Travel & Tourism.

The March meeting minutes were approved.

Ms. Vance spoke to the board about the Foundation’s role in the 2-year project of the Kansas Community Philanthropic Innovators Network’s focus on community development.  She and Director Posson had been invited to participate by the Kansas Health Foundation.  Other communities involved are Topeka, Coffeyville and Hutchinson.

Ms. Liddle made a presentation to the board about a standardized website service, ChamberMaster. This service provides many advantages and flexibility in marketing our community’s assets and the website could be shared with Travel & Tourism and Economic Development. The board will consider the proposal.

Director Posson gave an update on the progress of the Norton County Housing Study. Feedback from the focus groups and stakeholders’ meetings will be used to create the County-wide survey expected to be distributed in late April.

In his Director Report, Posson told the board 2 businesses from the Norton County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC) received Wild Card spots at the State YEC to be held in Manhattan April 30 and that he plans to attend the event to support the 3 local competitors; Norton’s July car show will be sponsored by the Norton Chamber this year and Dean Liddle has taken the lead on the event;  NCCED nominated Kowpoke Supply and Guardian Home Health for the Kansas Department of Commerce’s 2019 Business Appreciation Month Awards; the office has received an inquiry about the East Site Development property.

With no further business the meeting was adjourned at 7:30pm.