Joint Powers Board Gets Economic Development Plan

Kaycee/Buffalo/Johnson County Economic Development Joint Powers Board
Kaycee/Buffalo/Johnson County Economic Development Joint Powers Board

The Kaycee/Buffalo/Johnson County Economic Development Joint Powers Board had their March meeting Wednesday morning and heard a presentation from Michael Michalski of MCS Strategies on how the region can better position itself to attract new business to start up or relocate here and how to better the economic climate in general.

The company represents clients looking for sites to locate their businesses, and he detailed how Buffalo and Johnson County can be better prepared in the future when companies are looking at the region during their site selection process, by making changes now that will pay dividends later.

Michalski gave four basic recommendations: To have a new, proactive economic developmant plan; complete infrastructure enhancements; develop local talent; and promote entrepreneurship and small business development. He also recommended acquiring an Economic Development Director for the region.

Buffalo City Planner Zach Montgomery explains what the master plan means to the cities and the county.

Montgomery said the next step is to finalize the master plan and then present it to the Buffalo and Kaycee City Councils and the Johnson County Commission for input before it is adopted and implemented.

Montgomery believes the final draft of the plan will be ready within the next few weeks.

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