Nov 22, 2022

Geary County Commissioners get quarterly economic development report

Posted Nov 22, 2022 11:00 AM

JMCI, the effort to help Fort Riley Soldiers transitioning out of the Army into good-paying civilian jobs continues in Junction City. Mickey Fornaro-Dean, Economic Development Director for the Chamber of Commerce told county commissioners Monday about a pivot to talk to smaller firms. "We're getting those firms very interested. So we're engaging more, we're getting firms that want to come here, that want to meet with our Soldiers."

Fornaro-Dean pointed to an upcoming Dinner with Industry event to help transitioning Soldiers on Dec. 1 from 2:30 - 7 p.m. at the Junction City Municipal Auditorium. Hosted by Overland Park based Terracon, it will feature resume review and interviewing tips, a panel discussion on career services and participants will be able to learn more about Terracon's lab technician and exploration team member opportunities.

There has also been a childcare survey with 42 respondents. Fornaro-Dean stated that now officials are trying to put all the data together. More meetings are planned on the childcare subject which includes engagement from the Chamber, city and county leaders. "We had several companies that said they would be supportive so we're checking on those, which ones would want to serve on the task force or committee, which ones would just prefer to give us information. And then there's also that which ones would like to contribute financially."