CHEROKEE COUNTY, KS.--- Cherokee County is hoping to see big dollar signs after choosing its first ever economic development director. Janet Miller was selected by the Cherokee County Economic Development Board and Commissioners to head the Division of Economic Development.
"Really, our focus was who has some roots around this area and has some experience in economic development? So that we can help focus on Cherokee County first. How do we build up the businesses that are here," said Gregg Motley, Board of Economic Development.
Which is the first thing on her agenda, strengthen existing businesses within the county. Miller says they cannot begin to attract new businesses and growth without reinforcing the foundation first.
"Making sure that we have made a good place for our existing businesses. So, I'm going to be spending some time meeting with existing business owners and make sure that they have the resources they need to do what they're doing and expand if they're interested," said Janet Miller, Cherokee County Economic Development Director.
Miller also plans to focus her immediate attention towards improving the county's infrastructure and cultivating a better environment for tourism.
"We can connect with people going through the county on their smart phone, tourist attraction pops up, museum pops up, stores pops up. Historical site pops up on their smart phone, and we need to be able to leverage those kinds of technology to reach out to people," said Motley.
Miller is from nearby Elk County, Kansas and attended Kansas State University. She has 12 years of experience managing large grants in Northeast Kansas and Texas.
"I'm excited to be here and I'm happy I was selected for the position. I'm eager to start kind of unifying our message. I think that all of Cherokee County can benefit from economic development and I'm excited to kind of get to work and appreciate their support as I move forward," said Miller.
The county still has a lot of work to do, but at the same time, a lot to look forward to.
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