Finney County EDC touts county’s growth

After a big year in Finney County with the opening of the Dairy Farmers of America Meadowlark plant and the Garden City transload facility, as well as additions to the housing, health care and retail sectors, the Finney County Economic Development Corporation’s annual meeting on Wednesday used an assortment of county growth metrics to demonstrate tangible returns on investment to local officials — and ask for more funding.

Just more than a decade ago, the story of Finney County was one of uncertainty for William Fruth, president of POLICOM Corp., an economic research and consulting firm. In 2005, Fruth wrote a letter to county officials assessing that “the long-term prognosis for your area is not good.” More than a decade later, Finney County appears to be beating the odds as the FCEDC shared data on Wednesday showing that the county is gradually growing.

In its annual report, the FCDEC billed Garden City as the retail hub of western Kansas, augmented by a growing number of lodging facilities and continued growth in the agricultural sector.

For Finney County’s transient guest tax, 2017 marked an all-time high in collections at $977,231, more than $100,000 over 2016.

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