Economic Development Department
Smith Center Economic Development is a department of the City of Smith Center, in north central Kansas, and is funded by a 1/2% local sales tax.
The department may accept gifts, donations and grants to carry out the economic development plan. Contributions to SCED projects from the private sector are encouraged and further leverage the investment of public sector funds. Every effort is made to utilize regional, state and federal programs and funds to maximize the impact of local investments to our area economy.
The purpose of the Economic Development department is to further the economic development of Smith Center by:
- Assisting and encouraging existing businesses and industries, to ensure their continued operation and growth;
- Identifying, meeting and negotiating with potential new businesses and industries;
- Promoting and developing specific sites, buildings and locations suitable for business and industry;
- Developing and implementing an economic development plan;
- Promoting the maintenance, beautification and restoration of commercial buildings; and
- Promoting the city’s assets and other resources which will enhance economic growth.
The department's supervisory board may include seven to ten members of the community. That board oversees the department staff consisting of a director and program assistant. The bylaws for the supervisory board are in Relevant Documents below.
The supervisory board may designate committees to carry out the annually renewed economic development plan, included in Relevant Documents below.
The department maintains several partnerships and memberships to connect regional and state resources to our businesses, community and the surrounding area. Some of those organizations include:
- Kansas SBDC at FHSU
- Wichita SCORE
- Western Kansas Rural Economic Development Alliance
- Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge
- Northwest Kansas Economic Innovation Center
- Dane G. Hansen Foundation
- Smith County Community Foundation
- U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development