The search for a new director for the Economic Development Commission may be over.
The EDC has decided on a somewhat unconventional approach with its new interim director.
She will spend three consecutive working in Junction City and the rest of her workweek “attending state level meetings, building relationships, drawing people here,” Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Dennis Beson said.
The interim director will enter into a six month contract with the EDC. Officials expect her to sign the contract sometime next week. She is scheduled to start Jan. 3.
“We’ve moved in this direction because we identified two very good candidates that were very qualified that can spend a large amount of time here and in Topeka and at national site-selecting conferences and do all the things that an EDC director needs to do,” Beson
If everyone involved is satisfied, she will move to Junction City on a permanent basis and become the full time director within the year.
The new director’s name was not available at press time, nor were the details of her 25 years of economic development experience.
She still has several professional commitments to attend to and officials have kept information scant out of respect for those commitments.
Beson did say she had provided “a broad spectrum of references,” including people from both city and state government.
“This is great news,” EDC member Ben Kitchens said. “She’s very passionate, knows her stuff, and I’m excited that she’s committed to come to Junction City.”