Johnson County, the City of Buffalo and the Town of Kaycee are currently working together to implement an Economic Development Entity for the betterment of the entire county.
Buffalo City Planner Zach Montgomery is spearheading the program with county planner Rob Yingling to grow the economic base of the county through better paying jobs, more diverse jobs all while bringing down Johnson County's unemployment rate, which was reported at 9.5 percent in January of this year, the second-highest in the state.
Montgomery explains what implementing this program will mean to the residents of Johnson County.
The City of Buffalo and Johnson County each gave $5,000 for the 20 percent match for a $50,000 Community Development Block Grant Planning Grant for Economic and Community Development. This will pay for an evaluation of the specific needs of the county and two municipalities and how to implement a plan.
Montgomery explains how creating the economic entity will accomplish this.
The plan should be identified and implemented by October of this year, and Montgomery said each of the entities should prepare in their upcoming budgets to fund expenses for the new entity for fiscal year 2011-2012.