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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Economic Development hires new business coordinator

  •      Brady Pollington, who was formerly the STAR bonds assistant for the city, is now the business coordinator for the Dodge City/Ford County Economic Development Corporation.


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  •      Brady Pollington, who was formerly the STAR bonds assistant for the city, is now the business coordinator for the Dodge City/Ford County Economic Development Corporation.
         "It was a pretty logical step," said Pollington, who started his new position at the beginning of August. "When I was the STAR bonds assistant a lot of the things I did related to economic development, so was a logical transition for me. I knew what to expect."
         "We are very excited to have Brady as a part of our team," said Joann Knight, executive director of the development corp.  "We are really working on a big push for developing and recruiting new retail business and he is really going to be an asset in getting out there and communicating what we have to offer."
         When he was working with STAR bonds, it was his job to be able to present the idea clearly and concisely to a variety of people, understand the project, conduct studies to make sure it was feasible here, and work to continue the project.
         STAR bonds or Sales Tax and Revenue bonds is a program that provides Kansas municipalities the opportunity to issue bonds to finance the development of major commercial entertainment and tourism areas and use sales tax revenue generated by the development to pay off the bonds.
         A major part of Pollington's new position includes working with potential retailers to encourage them to build in Dodge City because of these bonds, and to help them with any issues they may encounter in the process. The other part of his job includes assisting and recruiting oil and gas companies to the area.
         "They're coming whether we like it or not," said Pollington, "so we might as well prepare as much as we can before they get here."
         Pollington grew up in Dodge City, but moved to Kansas City, Mo. after he finished school where he worked for the mayor. He got married and started a family, and now has five children. Just over a year ago, they decided to come back to Dodge because of the strong economy and new opportunities available.
         "I was excited to come back home," said Pollington. "I know the people here, and I know how to relate to them, I think that is one of my advantages in this position."
         According to Pollington the oil and gas companies and the STAR bonds project are related because once all the oil and gas workers are here they will have money to spend.
         "The biggest hurdle is getting retailers to understand what Dodge City has to offer," said Pollington. "But this is a great opportunity for the community."
    Reach Julia Kazar at (620) 408-9913 or e-mail her at julia.kazar@dodgeglobe.com.

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