Goal 1a: Increase business opportunities, enhance economic development and sustain growth in existing businesses /Maintain and enhance the quality of existing structures
Goal 1a: Objectives
Create a task force comprised of a cross-section of South Hutchinson business owners (large and small), Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce representatives and South Hutchinson city officials to develop specific objectives and strategies utilizing current economic development data, trends and information from this strategic planning process.
Explore financial incentives for new, creative, young entrepreneurs and foster better relationships with existing organizations and programs for entrepreneurs.
Develop and maintain a central point of information related to starting a business in South Hutchinson including incentives and available land and buildings.
Foster a positive environment for entrepreneurial development.
Develop entrepreneurial opportunities for USD 309 students that could be incorporated into a project based learning model.
Goal 1b: Increase retail growth to promote jobs and increase population
Goal 1b: Objectives
Refer to short-term economic development task force described in Goal 1a.
Explore incentives for retail development.
Utilize Buxton study to directly recruit retailers and developers.
Develop a core retail growth zone and provide infrastructure for new/expanded development.
Actively seek opportunities for investment in retail development leveraging private and public funds when appropriate.
Actively seek to identify, secure and develop sites for future industrial, commercial and retail development consistent with desired industries and financial capacity.
Promote the establishment of housing developments that provide housing for various income levels.
Progress reports for each goal are provided on a quarterly basis to the City Council.The updated provided only notes the changes from the previous update. A full update is available in the document library.Updated on August 15, 2016 for the City Council.
The revised "Doing Business" section of the website serves as the one point of contact for those interested in starting a business in South Hutchinson.
The Hutchinson / Reno County Chamber of Commerce has standardized information on the community for new projects that come through the Chamber.
The City Administrator is chairman of Reno County E-Community in 2015-2017. The E-Community program sponsored entrepreneurial education in the form of Jon Schallert's Destination BootCamp program in Longmont Colorado and through the 8-week ICE House program in partnership with HCC. E-Communities is co-sponsored a presentation from John Schallert to discuss building destinations with small business clustering in May 2016.
E-Communities is sponsoring the Central Kansas Youth Entrepreneurship Competition on March 2.
The Frontier Commerce Park begin construction in spring 2016 and will be completed in spring 2017.
A hotel feasibility study was completed in April 2015 for a potential new upper mid level hotel brand. The hotel developers are currently looking for investors.
Love’s Travel Center began construction in November 2016 and will be completed in spring 2017.
City staff continues to work with real estate representatives for a fast service restaurant interested in a location on the K-96/US-50 Interchange.
Wichita Tractor Company will be building a new facility at Avenue D and Main. The facility opened in April 2016.
The ALCO building has been filled by Simply Good Overstock in November 2016.
Sun Valley Trucking is developing an interstate warehouse in the Wilbeck Industrial Park.
Staff is a member of the Reno County Chamber of Commerce on Industrial Site Development team. One of the leading potential non-rail served site would be in South Hutchinson territory. An additional rail served site is also being considered.
The Southern Hills Development was purchased by a private developer in June 2016.