Inman Passes New Incentives Package

Inman City Council adopts new economic development incentives package

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

INMAN, KS – At the June 11th Inman City Council meeting, councilmembers approved a new economic development incentive program aimed at both attracting new businesses to the community and promoting growth amongst existing businesses. Councilmember Darin Pote said of the new incentives, “This is just another step in working to grow Inman. We have the available land and now we have a competitive incentive package to go along with it.” The City of Inman owns 45.1 acres of land that it purchased in 2016 for the purpose of providing space for new growth, both commercially and residentially.

The recently passed incentive program provides three tiers of possible abatements based on a project’s size and the number of jobs it will create. These different tiers of tax abatements are also open for use by existing businesses looking to expand either their facilities or workforce. Economic Development Director Zach Davidson said, “The City wanted to design this incentive package to be used to help attract new businesses but also to help spur growth within the already existing commercial base in town. I think both of these goals were accomplished.”

Coupled with the tax abatements, the new incentive program also provides assistance for projects that require new water and sewer utilities. Based on a project’s size, the City will cover a portion of the cost for certain aspects of running the required water and sewer lines. “This will help manage and decrease the cost of any potential commercial construction projects that come to Inman.” Dennis Schroeder, Inman City Councilmember said. “We already have great infrastructure here in town and we have the capacity to expand that infrastructure to any new construction.”

For questions or more information, please contact Zach Davidson, Economic Development Director, Inman Community Development, Inc at 620-712-1234 or via email at zach.davidson@growinman.com. You can also contact Inman City Hall via phone at 620-585-2122.

Inman Community Development, Inc. is a non-profit organization with the goal of helping the community of Inman grow by providing support to existing businesses, recruiting new industries, and working on housing challenges.

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Community Conversation Input

 

Inman Community Conversation Input

If you were unable to attend one of the Community Conversation sessions sponsored by the Inman Community Development, Inc and Inman Community Foundation, a digital input form is available by clicking the following link: Community Conversation Input

This form can be filled out and returned to the Inman Community Development, Inc offices located at 201 S. Main Street, Inman, Kansas 67546 or emailed to zach.davidson@growinman.com. You can also fill the form out online by visiting http://www.inmancommunityfoundation.com/be-part-of-the-community-conversation/

The Inman Community Foundation is affiliated with the McPherson County Community Foundation. The mission of the Inman Community  Foundation is to enhance and support the Inman community.

For questions or more information, please contact Katie Sawyer, Inman Community Foundation President, at 620.755.7772 or via email at Katie.sawyer@sawyerlandandcattle.com.

 

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New Website Unveiled

The community of Inman, Kansas made a commitment to the future when it founded the Inman Community Development, Inc (ICDI) in late 2015. Community leaders saw the trends facing the other rural communities in Kansas and wanted to get ahead of the curve. They also recognized the incredible growth happening just up highway K-61 in McPherson and saw the opportunity to help continue and support that growth. Adopting the mantra, “If you’re not growing, you’re dying,” a board of nine members was assembled and started work on putting together a new and dynamic economic development organization. In January 2018, the ICDI launched its new website which will serve as the main marketing tool for the City of Inman.

As a region, south central Kansas is working hard towards an economic renaissance featuring a renewed focus on manufacturing and technology jobs. Economic development groups, such as the Greater Wichita Partnership and the South Central Economic Development District (SCKEDD), and Wichita State University are approaching development on a regional level. Regionalism is a powerful tool that rural communities can use to work together and it allows them to play to their strengths and mitigate their collective weaknesses. This regional approach makes addressing workforce and job training issues easier by expanding the area to pull resources from. One of the biggest resources available for training a manufacturing workforce is Hutchinson Community College, located just south of Inman.

Sitting on K-61, a four-lane highway, directly between Hutchinson and McPherson, Inman is in a great position to capitalize on recent growth in the Wichita and south-central Kansas region. To the north, McPherson is experiencing incredible growth in its plastics and manufacturing sectors. Hutchinson, located less than 20 miles to the south, is seeing a renewed vitality of its downtown business district. The City of Inman purchased more than 40 acres of land a few years ago that is now ready for industrial and commercial development. New growth is already being seen on Inman’s Main Street with the addition of two new businesses in the last quarter of 2017.

The launching of the new economic development website is a big step forward for Inman Community Development, Inc. Potential business prospects, regional partners, and existing industries now have a central place to go for information on economic development in the Inman community.