Economic Development Department
Smith Center Economic Development is a department of the City of Smith Center, KS. It began on January 1, 2001, and is funded by a 1/2% sales tax. The department's advisory board is outlined in the bylaws and may include seven to ten members of the community. The board may designate committees to carry out the economic development plan.
The Economic Development department may accept gifts, donations and grants from any legal source to aid the department in carrying out its economic development program. Contributions from the private sector are encouraged to enhance the expenditure of public funds.
To view the by-laws, click here.
To promote, develop and perpetuate the city of Smith Center in order that its citizens, both young and old-both retired and working, thrive and have access to jobs, housing, education, health care, modern communications, transportation, recreation and the arts.
Several partnerships and memberships are maintained with a number of organizations to network and connect regional and state resources to our community and 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