City leader wants boost for economic development

Iola City Administrator Matt Rehder said Allen County and its cities should invest more in economic development. He suggested Iola, Humboldt and the county each invest the equivalent of 1 mill into the fund.

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June 28, 2022 - 2:35 PM

Mayor Steve French, left, presents a proclamation in honor of Jim Smith, recognizing Smith’s years of volunteer work. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

Iola and Allen County should be investing more in economic development, City Administrator Matt Rehder said Monday.

Rehder proposed to Iola City Council members the city increase its annual economic development investment from $20,000 to about $50,000, utilizing a tax increase for the funding.

“I think we should start the process,” Rehder said. “We’d be the first entity to make a major commitment to do that.”

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