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									                                   WESTERN KANSAS RURAL ECONOMIC
                                            DEVELOPMENT ALLIANCE
                                                                     P.O. Box 980, Hays, Kansas 67601

                                      Call us toll free at 800-982-3501 or visit our web site at
                                                              www.discoverwesternkansas.com


                                          TESTIMONY
                                               By
                                  Eric Depperschmidt, President
                         Finney County Economic Development Corporation
                                           Before the
                                          Kansas Senate
                                    Committee on Commerce
                                    Tuesday, February 5, 2008



Madam Chair and members of the committee, good morning, I appreciate the opportunity to appear
before you today to speak in support of Senate Bill 453.

My name is Eric Depperschmidt, President of Finney County Economic Development Corporation; I
also have the privilege to serve as Vice-President of western Kansas Rural Economic Development
Alliance (wKREDA). wKREDA is a coalition of people in the 53 western Kansas counties who have
decided to pool their resources, both human and financial, to work together for the common good of
western Kansas. wKREDA's members maintain a collaborative affiliation with each other so that we are
able to achieve both our individual, and our collective, rural development goals.
As a volunteer organization, wKREDA is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors who meet
quarterly to coordinate the activities of the alliance. The Board organizes the activities for the Business
Development, Government Affairs, Education and Public Relations committees. In addition, many ad
hoc task force groups are created as needed to meet the opportunities and challenges faced by
wKREDA's membership.
wKREDA’s mission is to work together for the common good of western Kansas. The purpose and
objective of wKREDA is:
   To promote the exchange of ideas and information among members to enhance their effectiveness in
    their local organization and the wKREDA region, and
   To provide members educational, legislative, and recruitment opportunities and other resources to
    assist in local and regional community and rural development efforts and
   To revitalize western Kansas through cooperative, community and rural development endeavors.




                                WESTERN KANSANS WORKING TOGETHER
wKREDA supports the concept of the creation of the Kansas Commission on Rural Policy also known
as Senate Bill 453, however wKREDA would like to work further with our Kansas legislators to clarify
what authority the Commission may have in regards to rural policy. We believe this will provide
opportunities to focus on issues unique to rural communities in Kansas which will play a vital role in the
economic viability of rural Kansas. wKREDA looks forward to the opportunity to work with the Kansas
Legislature and other state agencies to further develop this policy for the overall benefit of rural Kansas.
Again thank you for this opportunity and I will now make myself available to answer any questions that
you may have in regards to wKREDA and Senate Bill 453.




                               WESTERN KANSANS WORKING TOGETHER

								
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