Regional Economic Development

The Small Business Development Corporation for the entire State of Kansas reported directly to me as Provost at FHSU.  This organization has a network of SBDC offices located throughout the state, mainly at State Universities (including FHSU) and community colleges.  I met regularly with my director and approved all major expenditures, annual budgets and its strategic plan. In 2015 this organization had the following economic impact in Kansas: 2,555 jobs created/retained; $123.79m new business sales; and $88.6m in new business capital raised.

I developed the bylaws for a regional Economic Development Committee at FHSU.  In addition, I have also:
  • been an invited speaker at the Radford and Hays Chambers of Commerce and other community groups like the Rotary Club.
  • participated in tours of the community with local business men and women.
  • had significant experience working with the Ben Franklin organization in Pennsylvania which helps high tech companies develop from university research
  • had experience working with local employers to create residency opportunities for students and raising program funding. 

Graham Glynn,
Nov 25, 2016, 10:00 AM