A group has been formed to tackle the issue of empty buildings in Iola.
Although the group has no formal name, members include City Administrator Sid Fleming, Thrive Program Director Damaris Kunkler, Barbara Anderson from the Kansas Department of Commerce, Thrive Development Program Manager Bill Maness and Iola Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carol Sager.
Focused on the downtown square, they have identified 28 vacancies and are contacting owners to find out what types of businesses owners want to see, and whether they’d desire to rent or sell, Sager said.
IN OTHER news, the Chamber of Commerce has adopted an official mission statement.
“Strengthening our community and encouraging tourism through business collaboration and promotion,” Sager said.