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Montgomery County Recovery Team Continues Efforts

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The Montgomery County Recovery Team has been analyzing data collected from public resources to understand and address the economic impact of recent closure announcements made by Amazon.com and Southwire in Coffeyville.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 47% of Amazon.com and 53% of Southwire employees reside in Montgomery County. Based on those numbers, the estimated impact to the county is $18.6 million in payroll and $190,000 in sales tax revenue. Potential impact to Montgomery County school districts would range from $4,500 to $5,800, depending on the district, for each student that may leave based on the employment opportunities of their parents. Lastly, ten different agencies and organizations, including the State of Kansas and Montgomery County, will share in the loss of over $230,000 in personal property tax revenues.

Understanding the economic impact of the announcements was vital to developing a plan of action to move the County through this time of transition. The Montgomery County Recovery Team is working very closely with federal, state and local officials to identify funding options that may address training opportunities for those employees being impacted by the closures. Additionally, both Coffeyville Community College and Independence Community College are offering scholarships to Amazon.com, Southwire and Staff Management employees looking to further their education or learn a new skill set that meets the demands of local employers.

Lastly, two job fairs have been scheduled to connect employers and potential employees. The first is November 20th from 1pm - 9pm and is for Montgomery County employers. The second one is December 18 from 1pm - 9pm and is open to any local or area employer looking to fill positions. Both fairs will be located in Nellis Gym on the Coffeyville Community College campus located at 400 W. 11th.

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