Cherokee County searches for a economic development director - KOAM TV 7

Cherokee County searches for a economic development director



Cherokee County's Economic Development Board is seeking an executive director.  The county believes the position would help put a halt to the shrinking population and add new businesses.

The development board focuses on growth in the area to improve the county's product and position.

"We're trying to find somebody locally, if we're not successful we will go with a more regional approach," said County Commissioner Richard Hilderbrand. 

"I'm very optimistic as well as the committee and the commissioners as far as what this is going to be able to bring to Cherokee County," said Committee Chairperson Trish Carrol. 

The executive director will be responsible for the development and implementation of policies, programs and procedures for the county. 

"You have to be out there promoting your county, promoting the cities in your county and your citizens. Doing everything you can to make this a better place," said Hilderbrand. 

Economic development has become a greater priority for the county commissioners.
The goal is to market Southeast Kansas as a premium location.

"Anything we can do to promote that is a positive," said Hilderbrand. 

"I think we are going to see a lot of positive benefits from it," said Carrol. 

Hilderbrand says, "It's just the time. If you don't have economic development you can't sit back and wait for it to happen."

Resumes are being accepted for the position through September 13, 2013. Applicants may send a cover letter and resume to ckcoedc@columbus-telephone.com.


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