great bend economic development
The Great Bend Economic Development efforts are based on a cooperative relationship between the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and the City of Great Bend, maintaining strong ties with the Kansas Department of Commerce and other local resources to attract new and retain our existing companies.
The goal of our efforts is to sustain long-term economic health and vitality of the City through the retention, expansion and attraction of businesses and development that enhance property values, increase personal income, and make a positive contribution to the quality of life of the citizens of Great Bend.
In partnership with the City, Great Bend Economic Development works closely with commercial property owners, business owners and developers to assure that all of our businesses are functioning at their highest and best use, contributing to the City’s tax base and helping us achieve the City’s economic development goals. In addition, the Great Bend Economic Development works to actively market the City, recruit new businesses, and help existing businesses thrive.
Welcome to Great Bend where we value ideas, encourage and help to facilitate growth, exude small-town charm and promote family life. We take pride in our community culture of inclusion and collaboration. Click the "Community" tab above to explore more about what our town has to offer.
Our city has much to offer in the ways of education. We offer public and private school opportunities as well as several home school groups. Also here in Great Bend is Barton County College. The college offers associate degree programs as well as several tech certifications. Come to Great Bend to learn and grown with us. To learn more about our K-12 education please click the "Education" tab above.
Join our community as we look towards our future and envision our utopia. We are a city passionate about our place in the world and making sure it always represents our vitality, our charm, our success and our mission: To be a diverse community of welcoming, engaged people leading Great Bend to shine as a regional economic, educational, and cultural center offering an energetic and inclusive experience built on a unique community spirit. Click the "Vision Plan" tab above to read more about our vision.
Great Bend has many different types of attractions to keep you excited and engaged. Interested in art? You may want to check out our Great Bend Mural Project. How about entertainment? Our Brit Spaugh Zoo is just one of many daytime activites. Need a little history? Why not explore our Kansas Oil and Gas Museum. Click the "Attractions" tab above to explore more of the attractions we have to offer.
why businesses love great bend
"There are many reasons why Fuller Industries has been in Great Bend for almost 50 years. Among them is an able workforce that love to produce high quality products."
- Mark Chalfant, CEO Fuller Industries, LLC
"Great Bend, Kansas is a great community that has hard working people. Our Employees are very passionate and drive our business daily for continued growth. The PRIMUS employees achieved a great milestone earlier this year with no Lost Time Injuries for 5 years and counting. Their willingness to look out for one another’s safety is a step above in our industry."
- Mike Ruddle, Senior VP, Manufacturing, PRIMUS Sterilizer Company
"Our construction company enjoys doing business in Great Bend and the surrounding area because of the talented and reliable employees we’ve been able to hire. In our industry, construction has a reputation for high turnover, but we have great retention due to a combination of a rewarding internal culture and finding some of the most hardworking, skilled professionals out there..."
- Justin Mawhirter, Just in Time Remodeling
"We enjoy the relationships we've built in the Great Bend area, on both professional and personal levels. Our continued growth is engrained in the small town values of Great Bend, and being on a first name basis with both our customers and our neighboring businesses."
- Rick Davis, COO MPIRE Companies
"A440 Music is proud of the tradition of excellence for music here in the Golden Belt. From the Argonne Rebels of the past, to the top notch high school bands of today, to our amazing city band, music is a major component in the rich tapestry of arts in the Barton County area. The people here love music, and A440 Music loves to keep our local musicians happy."
- Dan Heath, Brian Bellendir and Lyle Jones, owners/operators A440 Music
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