County developer plans second county job fair

Another countywide job fair is in the works but this one will focus on work force development.

Marion County Economic Development Director Teresa Huffman reported Monday to Marion County Commission that the second annual job fair will involve students from the five school districts in the county to inform students of the skills needed in the work place and work force development for businesses.

She distributed a new county micro-loan program brochure, and showed the commission advertising purchased in a Kansas travel magazine.

In other department business:

— Huffman reported that she has assisted four new businesses and is helping two others with expansions, including a business considering international exporting.

— Information has been sent to the state regarding the county's transient guest tax. The tax will begin June 1.

— The county had booths at the Sports, Boat & Travel Show at Wichita and Great Escapes Expo at Fort Riley. A booth also will be manned at the Kansas Sampler Festival at Concordia.

— Huffman said she had talked with Eagle Communications about high-speed Internet.

— An application has been completed and sent for a hometown competitive training grant.

— Commissioner Randy Dallke asked Huffman about the business grant the county received two years ago from Rural Development. Huffman said that grant was her "cushion" for larger loans.