The Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation, a non-profit organization, works in a joint effort between the City of Dodge City, Ford County and a number of private businesses to continue to grow and develop existing businesses to promote the socio-economic viability of the region.
Dodge City is home to two industrial parks, the Dodge City Industrial Park and the Dodge City Business Park. The Dodge City Industrial Park is a 240 acre park, zoned for heavy industrial, which is located on the east side of Dodge City, just west of the intersection of Hwy 50 and Hwys 56/283. Bell & Carlson and FedEx are currently located in the Industrial Park. The Dodge City Business Park is a new industrial development located on the northwest corner of Hwy 56 and 14th Avenue in the southern part of Dodge City. Zoned as light industrial, the park has a total of 285 acres platted into 5 acre sections. A new Army Reserve facility is located on 10 acres of the Business Park. Both parks have full access to utilities including water, natural gas and electricity.
As the development continues to grow in the area, several other major projects are underway that are helping to make Dodge City the Entertainment Capitol of Western Kansas. The new United Wireless Arena & Magouirk Conference Center hosts concerts, rodeos, sporting events and trade shows. It’s the largest arena in Kansas west of Wichita. Dodge City is also home to Boot Hill Casino and Resort, an upscale destination which is the only casino in the western half of the state.
With the combined efforts of the City of Dodge City, the Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation, and several other community agencies, Main Street Dodge City was recently formed. This new, non-profit organization will be focusing on revitalizing and restoring Dodge City’s historic downtown district. Main Street Dodge City will strive towards reviving the downtown area back to a place that citizens are proud to call the heart of their community.
With the relatively low unemployment rate and the ongoing announcements of new businesses and opportunities, the Development Corporation has been actively addressing the two biggest issues facing this growing community: workforce recruitment and housing availability. In 2010, the Development Corporation launched the www.dodgecityhasjobs.com website. The site was created as a workforce recruitment tool for all businesses in Ford County to utilize. In addition to the website, the Development Corporation is continuously promoting the businesses of Dodge City and Ford County at job fairs across the Midwest. With newly added employment opportunities, the availability of housing has also been made a priority. In addition to recruiting developers to the area, the community has implemented programs such as the Rural Housing Incentive District (RHID) and the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) to encourage development. These incentives help developers to build both single and multi-family housing of all income ranges. Another vital tool in placing employees into housing has been the implementation of the www.dodgecityhousing.com website.
Through the help and support of the community, the Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation is continuing to make Dodge City and Ford County a safer, more enjoyable, more prosperous place to live and do business.
Dodge City/Ford County
311 W Spruce St
The Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation is a non-profit organization formed to assist existing firms and new prospective firms with their relocation/expansion efforts. The organization facilitates all phases of business development in Ford County. For complete information on programs available, please contact the Development Corporation.