The McPherson City Commission met for a regular meeting on Monday and here’s what you need to know:

1. Commissioners heard a quarterly update on the McPherson Industrial Development Corporation from Kasi Morales, MIDC executive director.

As of January 2018, McPherson County’s current unemployment rate is 2.4 percent, while the area around McPherson County is at 3 percent.

MIDC is working on several recruitment projects, both in recruiting skilled workers as well as bringing new businesses to the McPherson area.

During this quarter, MIDC arranged 17 tours for military personnel who are participating in the Heroes Make America program, which will assist soldiers in transitioning to the workforce.

MIDC has had seven manufacturing project leads since January and has responded to four of them. One of the projects is in its final stages and MIDC will have confirmation of the business’ decision by mid-May.

GoMcPherson’s job board continues to be the top source for job postings in McPherson County.

MIDC posts several jobs monthly for McPherson County employers and their marketing campaign has increased web traffic to the MIDC careers page.

2. The McPherson Convention and Visitors Bureau announced that the annual Kansas Barn Sale will come to McPherson this year. The event, which typically draws 5,000 to 7,000 attendees each year, will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 6 at Lakeside Park.  

Vendors and shoppers from all over the midwest come to sell and buy antiques, vintage, re-purposed goods and enjoy food from local food trucks.

McPherson Main Street’s annual Burnin’ Down Main Chili Cook-Off event is also scheduled for that date, so McPherson will expect a lot of activity on Oct. 6.

3. Commissioners authorized McPherson EMS to purchase eight mobile radios from Motorola Solutions for an amount not exceed $24,547.50. The department budgeted $26,000 for Mobile Radio replacement in 2018.

4. Commissioners approved the travel and training request for Kay Soeken and Jane Trostle to attend the annual Humane Society of the United States Training Conference in Kansas City on May 14-17 at a cost not to exceed $1,178. 

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