The Valu-Net Smart Room at the Trusler Business Center had a full crowd for the Dialogue on Saturday morning hosted by the Emporia Area Chamber and Visitors Bureau Government Matters Committee along with the League of Women Voters.
This time the political forum hosted Emporia city representatives including Mayor Rob Gilligan and fellow commissioners Jon Geitz, Danny Giefer and Bobbi Mylnar.
Looking at the year ahead and even further into the future, Commissioner Jon Geitz says they will get to work on a 5 year rolling budget.
Geitz also mentioned the search for the new city manager and continuing economic development are at the top of the priority list.
Commissioner Danny Giefer echoed the call to prioritize economic development.
Specifically, he mentioned finishing infrastructure upgrades for the new Fanestils location.
Mayor Rob Gilligan says the top goal is to find a city manager, but he also wants to look at the city structure.
Gilligan also added economic development as a hot topic.
Last but not least, Commissioner Bobbi Mlynar says the city commission should be busy in 2014.
Mlynar says Emporia has more potential for growth than you might think.
Commissioner Steve Harmon was not able to attend the forum.