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Southeast Kansas Looks for Economic Solutions

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The organizer of the Pittsburg Regional Economic Outlook Conference is optimistic about Southeast Kansas' economic future this year, but that wasn't the case at the last two conferences.

"While the U.S had a tax cut that stimulated, we had a tax increase that also wiped some of that out. We also had other jitters going on in Kansas because of changes in governor, changes with taxes, and overall concerns with the economy. We haven't really had that retail come up, until the recent months," said conference organizer and director of Wichita State University Center for Economic Development and Business Research, Jeremy Hill. 

Hill says a strong national economy has strengthened the region's economic outlook by increasing hiring and wages, but acknowledges Southeast Kansas still has problems to solve. One of those problems experts say is hindering the local economy is a declining population, and a big factor of that is believed to be connected to the size of local paychecks.

"Low wage jobs are a concern and people having to work 2 or 3 jobs. So making sure that the jobs are able to pay enough for people to have health insurance and to have a living wage to support their family are really critical when somebody's considering whether to take a job or not," said Heather Morgan.

Morgan is the executive director of Project 17, a group dedicated to improving the economic vitality and quality of life of the residents of the 17 counties making up Southeast Kansas. Her group says those 17 counties saw a population decline of almost 7300 people from 2012 to 2017. Besides increasing pay, she thinks diversifying rural economies which rely heavily on farming is key to helping Southeast Kansas grow.

"We need to make sure we have a diversified economy so that if one sector of the economy goes in the tank, we have other sectors that can carry," said Morgan.

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