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It has been almost a month since Mickey Fornaro-Dean took over the job of director of the Economic Development Commission. 

Since then, she has been busy meeting with officials all over town, learning the situation in Junction City/Geary County, trying to determine what the area needs, and what can be done to improve the economy here.

“I’m really enjoying the community, I’m enjoying the people I’m meeting, I’m enjoying what I’m hearing as far as our possibilities,” she said Thursday.

She is just as optimistic about Junction City as she was when she first arrived on the scene — possibly moreso.

However, she feels its too soon to elaborate much more.

“I don’t want to put a label on something,” she said. “I don’t want to say ‘we want to go down this road’ when that’s not the right road.”

But she said she’s excited about the area’s prospects. 

Thursday, Fornaro-Dean attended her first annual Chamber dinner.

“She’s getting familiar with not only our community but our neighbor community, and connecting with all the contacts she has at the state level, and letting people know where she’s at,” Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Dennis Beson said. “It’s already paying dividends.”

According to Beson, Fornaro-Dean has rekindled and realigned several relationships for the Junction City area with state officials.

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