After several months of discussion and investigation, Lyon County commissioners have decided to join the Flint Hills Economic Development District.
Commission Chair Rollie Martin tells KVOE News it was time to move forward.
The Flint Hills Regional Council covers close to 20 counties through a Housing and Urban Development grant, while the economic development district is a "subset" possibly involving as many as seven counties.Martin says this will help Lyon County network on different business ventures and possibly give the county a better chance of obtaining economic development grants.
The city of Emporia and Chase County are also considering whether to join. Coffey County has joined a council involving southeast Kansas, while Shawnee and Douglas counties are starting to combine resources -- as are Sedgwick and Harvey counties.