Goal 1: Economic Development

Goal 1a: Increase business opportunities, enhance economic development and sustain growth in existing businesses /Maintain and enhance the quality of existing structures




Goal 1a: Objectives


  • Create a task force comprised of a cross-section of South Hutchinson business owners (large and small), Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce representatives and South Hutchinson city officials to develop specific objectives and strategies utilizing current economic development data, trends and information from this strategic planning process.
  • Explore financial incentives for new, creative, young entrepreneurs and foster better relationships with existing organizations and programs for entrepreneurs.
  • Develop and maintain a central point of information related to starting a business in South Hutchinson including incentives and available land and buildings.
  • Foster a positive environment for entrepreneurial development.
  • Develop entrepreneurial opportunities for USD 309 students that could be incorporated into a project based learning model.

Goal 1b: Increase retail growth to promote jobs and increase population



Goal 1b: Objectives


  • Refer to short-term economic development task force described in Goal 1a.
  • Explore incentives for retail development.
  • Utilize Buxton study to directly recruit retailers and developers.
  • Develop a core retail growth zone and provide infrastructure for new/expanded development.
  • Actively seek opportunities for investment in retail development leveraging private and public funds when appropriate.
  • Actively seek to identify, secure and develop sites for future industrial, commercial and retail development consistent with desired industries and financial capacity.
  • Promote the establishment of housing developments that provide housing for various income levels.

Progress Report


Progress reports for each goal are provided on a quarterly basis to the City Council.The updated provided only notes the changes from the previous update. A full update is available in the document library.Updated on July 17, 2017 for the City Council.
  • The revised "Doing Business" section of the website serves as the one point of contact for those interested in starting a business in South Hutchinson.
  • The Hutchinson / Reno County Chamber of Commerce has standardized information on the community for new projects that come through the Chamber.
  • The City Administrator is chairman of Reno County E-Community in 2015-2018. The E-Community program provides entrepreneurial education in the form of a boot camp program in Colorado Springs and through the 8-week ICE House program in partnership with HCC. Staff worked with three interested businesses that are considering sending representatives to the boot camp.
  • E-Communities sponsored the Reno County Youth Entrepreneurship Competition on March 8, 2017. Reno County schools participated but USD 309 schools did not have a submission.
  • The Frontier Commerce Park begin construction in spring 2016 and will be completed in 2017.
  • Elected officials and staff have been actively involved in the USD 309 Facilities Advisory Committee. The committee is working on developing recommendations for the School Board to consider regarding facilities across the district including SHES and potentially other schools. Staff have advocated investing more in South Hutchinson and the south east portion of the district for future development.
  • Love’s Travel Center and Sonic Drive-in opened in May 2017.
  • City staff continues to work with real estate representatives for a fast service restaurant interested in a location on the K-96/US-50 Interchange.
  • Wichita Tractor Company opened a new facility in April 2016 and Simply Good Overstocks opened in the old ALCO building in November 2016.
  • Sun Valley Trucking is developing an interstate warehouse in the Wilbeck Industrial Park.
  • Rottinghaus Real Estate has purchased the property in front of the Quality Inn and plans to build a Subway though no definite timeline has been established.
  • 70 acres were petitioned for annexation in May 2017 for a mixed use commercial / multi-family residential project.
  • Agri-Center is working with the City on annexation and extension of city water service at K-96 and Morgan. Kutters Furniture is also working on an annexation agreement to enter the city as part of a larger potential development.
  • The Southern Hills Development was purchased by a private developer in June 2016.