The Dodge City Ford County Development Corporation met last week and
discussed a number of topics related to the growth of the community.
Jeff Oliphant, board chair, opened the meeting and Executive Director
Joann Knight began her reports by presenting new staff changes.

The Dodge City Ford County Development Corporation met last week and
discussed a number of topics related to the growth of the community.
Jeff Oliphant, board chair, opened the meeting and Executive Director
Joann Knight began her reports by presenting new staff changes.
Kaci Davignon has left the organization to go to work at Interfaith
Housing Services. Leslie Lomas has moved over from the City Manager¹s
office to take over Housing. Brady Pollington, who was serving as an
Intern for the STAR Bond Project for the City, has been moved over to
the Development Corporation.  Pollington will continue with his work
on the STAR Bond Project, but will be working with the Oil & Gas
Industry and will be the Business Recruitment Coordinator for the
Development Corp.

Knight also reported on Main Street in Chelsey Fisher's absence. Chelsey did
not attend the meeting due to the fact that she had just received word
that the Kansas Main Street organization had been dissolved. This will
not have any financial effect on Main Street Dodge City, as our funds
are raised locally. Main Street will continue as normal with the
exception of the training and support that will be missed from the State
level.

Brady Pollington reported on the latest Oil & Gas activity in the
region.   Sandridge, Baker-Hughes, Safety Plus and Lightening Tower Rentals
are all companies currently working in the area that have set-up local
offices here in Dodge City.  He also briefly touched on business
recruitment.

Leslie Lomas gave a brief overview on the current housing construction
in the City.  The latest housing assessment update shows that even with
all the housing development in the past 5 years, we are still in a
deficit of needing an additional 900 homes/apartments in the next 5
years.

Knight reported that there is a Small Business Tax Workshop on October
3rd. She also reminded the board that the WSU Economic Outlook
Conference would be in Dodge City on October 22nd.

On other growth, Knight reported that the Dodge City Extended Stay is
expected to open in December.   Comfort Suites, 72 room hotel, should
begin construction in the next couple of months at the corner of Matt
Down Lane and W. Wyatt Earp.  Marriott Towne Place Suites, 121 room
hotel, should begin construction soon just east of the Kia dealership.
Beeson Court Commercial Building is complete.  Ric Marboeuf
commented that their is still some office space available for rent.
ITC has located their regional office in the Military Plaza building
and are looking to add additional staff in the future.  The Spearville
School Expansion is expected to get begin this month.

Board members also shared information.  Gary Turner gave an update on
Village Square Mall. They have four new businesses going in including
Riddel¹s Jewelry and Papa Murphy¹s Pizza.  Jeff Hiers reported that the new
Comanche Middle School is open. The gymnasium is expected to be completed in
December. Advised that each middle school currently has 700+ students in
each of them.  He also shared that the High School it expected to reach its
capacity within the next two years.  He said that the middle school
reorganizations have gone well, but even with these changes and schedule
adjustments, the school board did anticipate the need for 'brick and mortar'
within the next few years.

Chris Boy reported that the CERT training in October had been looking
for 10 people who were interested in taking the training, and have actually
received 50 applications.  The CERT training is designed to assist
volunteers in responding to emergencies until  first responders can arrive.