"I support funding this year, although I've said I've had concerns, but as far as I'm concerned, y'all are on probation," said Commissioner
Commissioners voted Monday to approve
Commissioners began questioning the role of the KEDC in economic development outside the city after the recent proposal for tax incentives to help build a retail shopping center at
"We want to create an environment where we are growing the economy," Titas said.
However, Letz said not offering incentives to help draw retail to the community is one of his problems with the KEDC. He referenced what is termed "retail leakage," or local residents spending their disposable income outside the community.
"Because we don't attract those retailers, they're not here, and people go to
Letz said he felt like the county needed to be more involved in the economic development effort in the future. He also repeated a concern previously raised by commissioners about the makeup of the KEDC board.
The board consists of representatives from the county, city, KPUB,
Titas has said the organization works to draw business development to the entire community, including outside the city limits, and they will work with retail development.
"We are open for business and work with retail all that we can," Titas said.
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