SVED Conducts April Business Meeting – Tuesday, April 25, 2023


By Terry Bailey

Twenty members of the Solomon Valley Economic Development group met over the noon hour on Tuesday, April 25th, to discuss the business of the organization at the meeting room of the NCK Planning Commission meeting room.
Organization president Curt Frazier opened the meeting promptly at 12:30 p.m.
First off, Robert Davis gave his usual detailed and complete assets amounting to $106,968.37 and certificates of deposits of $23,051.33 for a total of $130,019.70 in organizational assets.
Emily Benedick reviewed the results of the recent childcare survey conducted in Mitchell County.
1. Most families have at least one child five years old or younger.
2. Few families have found it necessary for at least one member to leave the workforce due to childcare needs.
3. 74% of the families report their greatest need for full-time childcare Monday through Friday.
4. Cost and availability of childcare are the two greatest concerns of families.
5. Survey results indicate a "huge" need for after school daycare.
Benedick reported the visit by the Mobile Workforce Center traveling bus had mixed results. Those who stopped by to avail themselves of the Center found it useful. However, only five people stopped by. Benedick hoped that as word spreads more people would make use of the unit's services. She was hopeful that future visits would draw more people in need of job search assistance.
Benedick announced her office would be enjoying the assistance of a summer intern. She is a sophomore at Fort Hays State University and grew up in Great Bend.
Tourism coordinator called everyone's attention to the rapidly approaching the "Big Kansas Road Trip." This activity is a project of the Kansas Sampler Foundation. This three-county activity will focus on Smith, Jewell, and Republic County. Mitchell County will have four attractions open for tourists to visit: The Ball of Twine, the Waconda Visitor Center at Glen Elder State Park, the Mitchell County Museum, and the Little Red Schoolhouse. The Road Trip has no specific itinerary or schedule. Visitors are encouraged to take their time and stop wherever and whenever they want to leisurely take in all the sights of these counties.
Organization president Curt Frazier extended words of appreciation for the contributions of Jason Rabe. Rabe has resigned his position as the Beloit City Manager to accept a leadership position at Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative. Everyone wished Rabe well in his new endeavor.


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