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City of Pittsburg, KS Hires Economic Development Firm to Boost Job Variety


Pittsburg residents believe the key to a good town is good business. Pittsburg transplant Dominique Jackson feels the variety of jobs is vital to Pittsburg's future.

"Bringing businesses in that could actually get people to do more things instead of just sitting in the house. I've lived here for more than five years and there's literally nowhere to work but restaurants and banks.

It's why the city of Pittsburg, through the Pittsbusrg Area Chamber, is bringing in Angelou Economics to figure out previously untapped resources to attract business.

"Of course there are millions of businesses that are out there, but only a fraction of them are growing and looking for a new community to invest in, and only a fraction of those are looking for communities that fit Pittsburg's profile," says economic development director Blake Benson.

The firm is currently looking at 5 to 6 different business resources unique to Pittsburg to draw new industry. The consultants are remaining tight lipped about which resources, for now. But Benson did share one the city has yet to take full advantage of.

"We're on a ton of water, and that can be extremely valuable in economic development. So one thing Angelou Economics will do is really help map out those businesses."

"Water typically is of particular concern with companies that are engaged in food processing as well as data centers and those two types of industries are going to be looked at given that you have such a tremendous resource in the availability of water," says Angelou Economics CEO Angelos Angelou.

Tapping into resources to bring new life to the city.

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