DKEDC Celebrates Economic Development Week 2021

Monday, May 10, 2021

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DATE: May 1st, 2021                                                EMAIL:




DKEDC joins communities nationwide to increase awareness of the positive work economic developers do to enhance local economic impact


DICKINSON COUNTY, KANSAS (May 1st, 2021) - DKEDC is marking National Economic Development Week from May 9-15, 2021 to celebrate the contributions of positive economic development and explain the role of the profession in our local community, including stewardship of:


? Policies that government undertakes to meet broad economic objectives including inflation control, high employment, and sustainable growth. 

? Policies and programs to provide services such as building highways, managing parks, and providing medical access to the disadvantaged. 

? Policies and programs explicitly directed at improving the business climate through specific efforts, business finance, marketing, neighborhood development, business retention and expansion, technology transfer, real estate development and others. 


“With economic development being the intentional practice of improving a community’s economic well-being and quality of life, it includes a broad range of activities to attract, create, and retain jobs.  It also consists of the fostering of a resilient, pro-growth tax base and an inclusive economy,” stated Dickinson County Economic Development Corporation Director Chuck Scott.  He further explained, “our organizations work to improve communities through a collaborative effort involving industry, government, and a myriad of community stakeholders.  Educating people on the role of an economic development organization (EDO) like Dickinson County Economic Development Corporation (DKEDC) is important because people need to understand that we do more than assist existing businesses and bring in new business to our communities.  We also work to improve the quality of life and community’s well-being so that our children will consider moving back to our community at some point, and so others will consider making the community their new home.” 


Now in its sixth year, National Economic Development Week was created by the International Economic Development Council, the largest professional membership organization for economic developers, in 2016 to recognize the unique role that economic development has in creating vibrant communities with strong economies. Over the span of five years,

more than 450 campaigns have been created throughout the United States

and Canada, creating millions of impressions, hundreds of news stories, blog

entries, videos, events and other activities. Cities, counties and states recognized the week in past years through official proclamations, local community events, and informational campaigns online and through social media. The United States Economic Development Administration (EDA) has also issued a statement commemorating Economic Development Week in past years.


When asked why an economic development organization is crucial to a community, DKEDC Board Chairman Dennis Weese responded “because prospering it’s people is the goal of every community, and the prosperity of people comes largely through their work and investments.” Weese continued by stating “It is essential that an organization exists in the community to help facilitate the health of existing business and the growth of new business.  The DKEDC mission is to be that organization.”  The DKEDC is lead by a group alongside Chairman Weese to assist in achieving its goals. 


To learn more about Economic Development Week, visit IEDC online at







Dickinson County Economic Development Corporation (DKEDC) works in partnership with local governments, community organizations, and businesses to build a cooperative vision for achieving their goals.  DKEDC works on a number of strategies under five key initiatives including business retention and expansion, business recruiting and marketing, entrepreneurship, community branding and marketing, and workforce. It’s their mission to promote economic development in Dickinson County’s nine incorporated communities, and everywhere in between. 


You can learn more about DKEDC by visiting their website,, following them on social media, or contacting their office to schedule an in-person meeting. DKEDC staff is always looking forward to meeting you! 


About the International Economic Development Council The International Economic Development Council is the leading international association for professional economic developers. IEDC supports the work of more than 5,000 economic developers to create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions. Our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial, and federal governments, public-private partnerships, universities and a variety of other institutions.

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