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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Chamber holds State of the County

  • The Chamber of Commerce held it's annual State of the County Address and Luncheon Thursday at Magouirk Conference Center.
    Chamber members, as well as community members, were invited to attend and learn about Ford County and some new projects.
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  • The Chamber of Commerce held it's annual State of the County Address and Luncheon Thursday at Magouirk Conference Center.
    Chamber members, as well as community members, were invited to attend and learn about Ford County and some new projects.
    County Commissioners Jerry King, Danny Gillum and Chris Boys, along with County Administrator Ed Elam, led the presentation.
    King opened the presentation by highlighting the importance of putting service before self, in one's personal life and in the community.
    "After the tragedies that have happened in this country this week, it's important we take a moment to pray for them and do what we can to help them move on," King said.
    King also talked about the oil and gas boom in the county.
    He said oil companies are present in Ford County, but the boom isn't quite happening as expected.
    "It's not quite the impact we were expecting," King said. "They've found some oil, mostly on the south edge of the county, but it wasn't what anyone was expecting."
    King went on to say that even though oil companies aren't finding what they hoped, they're still drilling.
    The commissioners also spoke on Western State Bank Expo Center and what a great asset it has been to the county so far. Several events have been held at the expo center since it's opening, but the biggest by far was the 3i SHOW in July 2012. Estimating conservatively, the three-day event had 1,700 vendors, 28,000 people and brought $2.8 million to the local economy.
    The 2013 3i SHOW will be held July 11,12 and 13.
     All the Ford County departments were recognized for their hard work and dedication to making Ford County a better place to live, work and raise a family.
    Boys spoke about his new Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, which recently concluded it's first course.
    Boys said that 13 Ford County residents are now trained to respond in an emergency until first responders can arrive on the scene.
    "This was the first time we've held this course," Boys said. "We originally said we would take anyone who was interested. We figured eight to 12 people would sign up. 52 did. So, we had to only take the first 13."
    Boys also said the 13 they did take all live in different parts of the county, so depending on where an emergency happens, someone should be fairly close by to respond.
    To close, the commissioners opened the floor to questions. One attendee asked what the greatest challenge facing the county is right now. The commissioners said there are several challenges, but the greatest is probably lawmakers in Topeka.
    King praised Rep. Brian Weber, but also said there are other lawmakers in the state capitol who have never been to western Kansas, and don't understand how their laws will negatively impact Dodge City residents.
    Page 2 of 2 - The commissioners also encouraged all residents to attend County Commission meetings if they ever have questions they would like addressed, or if they don't have time to attend the meetings, to schedule private meetings with one of the commissioners.
    "We encourage you to come to us whenever you have questions about something going on in Ford County. We are here to listen and hear you out, and we will try and work to find a solution to your problem," King said.

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