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Marshall County Partnership For Growth Annual Meeting Notes

Marshall County Partnership For Growth held their annual meeting in Marysville Thursday evening. Chairman Rob Peschel welcomed members, highlighting the group’s recent close on an eleven acre parcel just east of Marysville that’s to be developed as a business park. Noting that goal had been several years in the works, Peschel then introduced an update from a steering committee charged with exploring options for moving forward with developing a plan to fund and sustain a full time economic development office in the county. Phil Osborne reported that the committee had met several times and had unanimously agreed that a full time economic development director was essential for this area to remain competitive economically. Public/private funding options are being explored, as well as a specific annual budget target.

Sara Kessinger highlighted ideas generated as that committee had recently hosted Jeff Hofaker, Director of the Phillips County Economic Development Office. Marshall County has been without an economic development director since the resignation of George McCune in 2013. Several in attendance pointed to the new wind farm being established in the northeast part of the county, construction of the senior housing duplexes in Marysville along with a housing study, efforts that retained a number of jobs, along with keeping the S.R.S. office in Marysville open, establishment of the Partnership For Growth, and the business park land acquisition were among major accomplishments in recent years.

Lyle Thompson with the Kansas Department of Commerce, and Doug McKinney with North Central Regional Planning were also in attendance, and supported members efforts to move forward, noting that most Kansas counties have active economic development offices, and that efforts to retain and expand existing businesses, provide jobs and sufficient housing, attract and retain young people, expand the local tax base, and support communities are critical to survival in a competitive environment.

About Bruce Dierking

Bruce Dierking owns and operates Dierking Communications, Inc. with stations KNDY/KNDY FM Marysville, KS since 1988, KQNK/KQNK FM Norton, KS since 1999, and KDNS FM/KZDY FM Glen Elder since 2008. A fifth generation native of Marshall County, and a 1980 graduate of Marysville High School, he began a broadcasting career working part time at the age of 14 for Herb and Ruby Hoeflicker at KNDY. After attending Colby, Kansas Community College, with a major in business and broadcasting, Dierking returned to his hometown covering sports and sales, now having served as the voice of the Marysville Bulldogs, as well as area teams for over 35 years. Active in various leadership roles, he has served as President with the Marysville Jaycees, President of the Kansas Jaycees, and National Vice President with the US Jr Chamber of Commerce. He has been a board member, and past President of the Marysville Chamber of Commerce, served many years as Vice President of Marshall County Development Corporation, served 8 years on the Kansas Association of Broadcasters including Secretary/Treasurer, Chair Elect, and Chairman of the board. He has twice served terms on the Good Shepherd Lutheran School Board serving as President, and held several leadership roles with Mt Calvary Lutheran Church, serving as congregation Chairman. He, his wife Lesa, and daughter Allison are active in many community activities, contributing to, providing publicity for, and volunteering. He is currently active with the Marysville Historic Depot restoration project, serving as Vice President. A mentor to many in the broadcasting industry, Dierking continues an active role in station operations, on the air with the morning show each day, traveling many nights to cover ballgames, and present covering local events for news broadcasts. He is passionate about his community, and the rural midwest. An active historian, genealogy, community development, Kansas and architectural history are among interests. Dierking enjoys travel, having visited nearly every state, and several foreign countries. He is a fan of music, and enjoys reading.