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Friday, 11 August 2017 12:28


• Leader & Times

In recent years, Liberal’s Joint Economic Development Council (JEDC) has hosted annual events to let new and existing businesses update the community on what is going on with their company.

This is part of a continuing effort to let locals know what new businesses may be coming to town and others expanding as growth in Liberal moves forward.

Now, the JEDC is looking to host more meetings in a calendar year, not just about new businesses, but other areas of economic development.

One such meeting is in the works for later this year regarding innovations. Seward County Commissioner Ada Linenbroker, who serves as that board’s liaison to the JEDC, said the meeting had been scheduled for earlier this year, but it had to be postponed until at least September due to availability of presenters.

“We have not set the date because we’ve got to make sure all the speakers we want to come that are involved can be here,” she said.

Linenbroker said the meeting itself will focus on some of the new innovations going on in the area to help the community and make it better.

“One of the things we’re going to talk about is wind farms and maybe doing some kind of maintenance or business to come to town that could work on wind farms or carry parts,” she said. “We’re getting so many wind farms built in and around the community. The other thing we’re going to talk about is we have the technology company that is in Hooker. Tri-County (Electric) is actually going to run fiber, a new fiber line that’s going to run down from where they are over into Turpin and then come up to Liberal.”

Linenbroker said this means Liberal could have access to multiple fiber lines.

“Another line coming in will help our businesses,” she said. “If we ever have one go down, we’ve always got another one available. They’re going to come and talk about some of the things they’re doing over there with Tri-County.”

Linenbroker said the Panhandle electric provider will likewise be talking about solar technology and wind energy among other things.

Taylor Harden, owner of Liberal’s Technology For All, will also be on hand.

“He is going to be talking about Internet and some of the new things that are going to be coming out with the Internet and computers,” Linenbroker said.

The commissioner said she is looking to bring others to the meeting as well.

“I just talked with Leland Lambert, and they do network designs, professional services, security – all in technology,” she said. “I asked him if he might be interested in coming and speaking about things that they could provide.”

Seward County Community College’s tech school could also be part of the technology education during the meeting.

“We’re not leaving anybody out that could give us new information what’s coming in the future and how the city and the county and everybody can work together maybe to make it a good service for everybody if we need it,” Linenbroker said.

Work continues, Linenbroker said, to find more speakers for the meeting.

“We’re still trying to get hold of all the different people to come,” she said. “We could have probably up to 10 different groups come and talk. We’re just trying to think of people in the community or the surrounding area that are doing technology things. Technology is moving so fast and changing so fast. We’ve got to stay on top of it.”

Linenbroker said getting more technology to Liberal is a win-win situation for all.

“If we can get more Internet service, more fiber into the community, more things that are available, companies that are looking to move here are going to be more excited to move here if they know they’re going to have the systems available to run what they’re going to need in their computers and their stuff they have for their companies,” she said. “It’s just a good selling point. The focus is what we can do to make Liberal and Seward County a more technology-oriented area to get businesses to come here.”




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