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Economic Development Council
The Council must continue the active and vital collaboration between public and private sectors to promote the economic health and well-being of Abilene and the region.  Economic Development encompasses well-informed decisions regarding business retention and recruitment, work force development, available and appropriate locations for new businesses and industry, public investment in supportive infrastructure and financial incentives which can induce private investment and economic growth.  The preservation and expansion of the community's economic base should be a prime objective.  Unless existing business and industry are healthy and there are expanding employment opportunities that pay a living wage, the population will not be stable, the tax base will decline and government's ability to finance public services and facilities will be impaired.  The future development of the community depends on maintaining and enhancing local development efforts.

The Council's role may extend into the areas of industrial, retail, utilities, housing, tourism, entrepreneurship, and other facets of community development.  As such the Council has the following goals and duties.

  1. To develop policies that assist in retaining and expanding local businesses.
  2. To develop policies that seek to increase the number of small firms within Abilene by fostering local entrepreneurship.
  3. To develop policies that promote Abilene's position as a tourist destination.
  4. To develop policies that promote the development of a diverse mix of new housing and rehabilitation of existing housing.
  5. To evaluate and recommend economic development incentives.
  6. To conduct all other duties as assigned by the City Commission.

Membership and Terms
Allison Blake (Chamber of Commerce) Tim Shafer (Mayor) Rob Hammatt 2018 Joleen Rankin (Vice-Chair) 2020 Jo Schwartz 2021 Chris West 2020 Russ Wilkins 2021 VACANT 2019 VACANT 2020

Meeting and Contact Information
The Economic Development Council meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 4pm in the Jordan Room of the Abilene Public Library.

For more information or questions please feel free to contact:

Community Development Office

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City of Abilene
P.O. Box 519
Abilene, Kansas 67410
Phone: 785-263-2550
Fax: 785-263-2532
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