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Brownback creates state economic advisory council

July 27, 2011, 12:50 p.m. Updated July 27, 2011, 2:39 p.m.

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— A group of economic advisers assembled by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will operate as a board of directors for economic development in the state, the Republican said during a news conference Wednesday.

Brownback signed an executive order in Wichita establishing the council, which he will chair.

"The economic future of Kansas depends on the growth of existing businesses and the development of new industries," Brownback said. "Economic competitiveness requires a detailed understanding of regional, national and international conditions and trends."

The governor said the group will work closely with him to assure strategy integration, coordination and accountability across all of the state's economic development entities and agencies. Those would include the ones for commerce, agriculture, transportation, revenue, labor and the Bioscience Authority, he said.

The council will be asked to coordinate strategic planning and economic development. It also is expected to evaluate state policies and agency performance as well as conduct research on topics such as tax competitiveness and regulations.

Brownback said his new council is the successor to Kansas Inc., an independent economic development research agency that was abolished in the reorganization after he took office. Unlike Kansas Inc., the new economic council will work in conjunction with the administration rather than separately from it. The former independent group did good economic work, but nobody picked it up, Brownback said.

The council will put so-called benchmarks for the various entities it oversees.

His economic council will have up to 20 members from the various industries in the state.

Brownback announced the first 16 members at a news conference: Patti Bossert, Key Staffing, Topeka; Ivan Crossland, Crossland Construction, Columbus; Jody Horner, Cargill Meat Solutions, Wichita; Cliff Illig, Cerner, Kansas City, Mo.; Garry O'Shaunghnessay, Lario Enterprises, Wichita; Larry Jones, J O Cattle Co., Holcomb; Patty Koehler, JR Custom Metals, Wichita; and Jim Lewis, Lewis Automotive Group, Hays; Jan Lyons, National Cattleman's Beef Association, Manhattan.

Also named to the council were David Murfin, Murfin Drilling, Wichita; Steve Ortiz, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Mayetta; Bob Page, University of Kansas Medical Center; Larry Sevier, Nex-Tech Wireless, Lenora; Dan Tasset, Nueterra, Leawood; Bob Wheeler, Hills Pet Nutrition; and Jeff Turner, Spirit AeroSystems, Wichita.

Comments

tomatogrower 3 years, 5 months ago

Come on LJW. Find out how much this is going to cost us.

notanota 3 years, 5 months ago

It's going to cost us SRS, the Arts Commission, Rainbow, KNI, and an education system. Possibly a bit more than that.

Jonathan Kealing 3 years, 5 months ago

This is all AP has right now. Looking for more as we speak.

overthemoon 3 years, 5 months ago

No one from Lawrence, surprised??

Stan Ahlerich will serve as the Council’s executive director.

The Council members are: Patti Bossert Services sector

Key Staffing, Topeka

Jody Horner Agriculture sector Cargill Meat Solutions, Wichita

Gerry O’Shaunghnessy Oil and Gas sector Lario Enterprises, Wichita

Ivan Crossland Manufacturing sector Crossland Construction, Columbus

Cliff Illig Healthcare sector Cerner, Kansas City, MO

Bob Wheeler Agriculture sector Hills Pet Nutrition (retired)

Patty Koehler Manufacturing sector JR Custom Metals, Wichita

Jim Lewis Services sector Lewis Automotive Group, Hays

David Murfin Finance/Energy sector Murfin Drilling, Wichita

Larry Sevier Services sector Nex-Tech Wireless, Lenora

Dan Tasset Healthcare sector Nueterra, Leawood

Bob Page Healthcare sector University of Kansas Medical Center

Jan Lyons Agriculture sector Nat’l Cattleman’s Beef Association Manhattan

Steve Ortiz Services sector Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Mayetta

Larry Jones Agriculture sector J O Cattle Company Finney County Commissioner, Holcomb

Jeff Turner Aviation sector Spirit AeroSystems, Wichita

lawslady 3 years, 5 months ago

Yea, how much will this cost? And don't say "Nothing." Because we all know that at the very least the people appointed will not be donating their travel expenses. While "Rome burns," Nero the hero cuts programs for the arts and the poor and creates jobs/posts for like-minded rich white guys.

handley 3 years, 5 months ago

How much are they going to get paid that would help fund the SRS.

notanota 3 years, 5 months ago

They're going to get paid in tax cuts.

majorfunding 3 years, 5 months ago

So, what is really his actual motive and who will suffer?

notanota 3 years, 5 months ago

His motive is to give cover for tax cuts. It's pretty obvious to me. He wants to build a cargo cult, and he thinks cutting taxes will magically make Kansas attractive to business development while ignoring any other factor.

50YearResident 3 years, 5 months ago

He keeps surrouning himself with "Like Thinkers". Is there no end to how many of his croneys he is going to employ on the State Payrol?

notanota 3 years, 5 months ago

And how much you want to bet that Trabert's on this new council?

notanota 3 years, 5 months ago

Since teh Google is faster than waiting for LJworld updates, the answer is:

Jody Horner of Cargill Meat Solutions, Patty Koehler of JR Custom Metals, David Murfin, of Murfin Drilling, Gerry O'Shaunghnessy of Lario Enterprises, Jeff Turner of Spirit AeroSystems. Patti Bossert, Key Staffing, Topeka; Ivan Crossland, Crossland Construction, Columbus; Cliff Illig, Cerner, Kansas City, Mo.; Bob Wheeler, retired from Hills Pet Nutrition; Jim Lewis, Lewis Automotive Group, Hays; Larry Sevier, Nex-Tech Wireless, Lenora; Dan Tasset, Nueterra, Leawood; Bob Page, University of Kansas Medical Center; Jan Lyons, National Cattleman's Beef Association, Manhattan; Steve Ortiz, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Mayetta; and Larry Jones, J O Cattle Co., Holcomb.

Kim Murphree 3 years, 5 months ago

Just give me the figures on their salaries...please.

justsomewench 3 years, 5 months ago

Good suggestion. I attempted a rough calculation, but now that it's all in spreadsheet format...the possibilities are endless! (Well, depressing, actually.)

Steve Bunch 3 years, 5 months ago

Cargill Meat Solutions. Cargill Meat Solutions. I just love the sound of it.

average 3 years, 5 months ago

No one from Lawrence is more-or-less understandable.

The bigger question is when will reliably Republican Johnson County realize how little muscular Sam likes their neck of the woods. You really wouldn't guess from the above list (one person from JoCo) that 20% of the state's population and almost 30% of the state's GDP is in the JO.

notanota 3 years, 5 months ago

Yeah, I noticed that too. Pretty Wichita heavy in that list.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 5 months ago

These are people who will not challenge Brownback. Rather they will worship the cunning yet reckless nature of his economic advice which likely will come by of the Koch/Walton(Wal-Mart) consulting team.

This is a spend as many tax dollars as possible on Corp America consulting team. A guest speaker will address the group and all will go " Whatever you say master"

justsomewench 3 years, 5 months ago

By my rough calculation, it appears that, of the 16 names/organizations provided, the campaign contributions were just short of $30K. I figure they'll be making back that money.

lunacydetector 3 years, 5 months ago

........and if the economic advisory board brings good paying jobs to kansas, the above posters can start working for a living.

.....of course lawrence wasn't represented. how many businesses have we run off? he wanted success. wichita has quite a few billionaires.

lunacydetector 3 years, 5 months ago

referring to notanota. wichita does have a lot billionaires....more than 3

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