Our MISSION is to improve the economic quality of life for the working families of the community.

We will do this by:

Creating jobs, through retention, recruitment and expansion of businesses

Strengthening workforce through recruitment, education and training

Improving and increasing the number of living wage jobs

Expanding the tax base through increase capital investment

Great Bend Economic Development

The Great Bend Economic Development, Inc. is a public/private partnership focusing on the economic development efforts in Great Bend, KS. The board is made up of City Council members, Chamber Representatives, various leaders in the community and the general public. We are a dedicated group of business sector stakeholders. This board employs an Executive Director to implement and oversee the efforts of the Economic Development.

Meet Our Director

Sara Hayden

(620) 796-2407

As a native to Great Bend, I am thrilled to be back in the community as an integral part of the force that will make our community thrive. With my 10+ years of public relations experience and my Bachelor of Arts dergree from Friends University, I am experienced and ready to form the relationships that will help to develop our community. Great Bend has the charm of small-town living with the conveniences of modern-day living; I hope to invite many more to join our midwestern utopia. Please contact me today with questions about what Great Bend can do for you.

Meet Our Board

Mark Calcara, Attorney at Law

Jolene Biggs, City Council Member

Mark Chalfant, CEO Fuller Industries, LLC

Kevyn Soupiset, Physical Therapist and City Council Member

Dennis Neeland, Coldwell Banker Real Estate full-time independent sales associate.

Ex-Officio Members: Kendal Francis, Cody Schmidt, Christina Hayes, Megan Barfield, Pete Wesner

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