Targeted industry study update starts Saturday
The public is invited to be part of an effort to identify the types of businesses and industries De Soto should recruit.
Sara Ritter, executive director of the De Soto Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council, said there would a workshop for an update of De Soto targeted industry study from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at De Soto City Hall. The update is funded by the EDC.
Irv Jensen, of Smart Solutions Group of De Moines, Iowa, will facilitate the meeting. He served in the same capacity for the city’s 2004 branding effort.
“Just as with every other study we’ve done, we encourage all with a vested interest to participate,” Ritter said.
De Soto City Council members, USD 232 Board of Education members, planning commissioners and members of the Chamber and EDC will be at the meeting.
“From our discussion, Irv will make a report to present to the council,” Ritter said. “From that, the council will target four industries.”
As with the earlier study, it is suggested the city council align its incentive program to match the identified targeted industries.
The discussion would start with the 2003 study, Ritter said. Also considered would be such things as local demographics, existing businesses, infrastructure, consequences to city utilities and what’s best for the community, she said.
The 2003 study proposed De Soto target:
• Life sciences
• Distribution and packaging centers/logistical support or wholesale centers
• Satellite and administrative centers
Ritter said she couldn’t imagine life sciences not remaining on the list with the momentum of the triangle research projects Johnson County voters approved support last year and the state’s bio-science initiative.
“It’s important people understand you can’t get industries just because you want them,” Ritter said. “What we can do in our community is position ourselves to attract the businesses we identify.”