A City of Opportunities

From its early days, Hutchinson has been a place where arts, parks and commerce have merged together to create a way of life that residents are proud to call home. From cultural events and the arts, to businesses and  an environmentally conscientious community, Hutchinson is a model for 21st century cities. Hutchinson has the nation’s second oldest city park system (only New York City’s Central Park is older).

Steve Cook, the current Mayor of Hutchinson explains where Hutchinson has been and where it is going. “I describe Hutchinson’s culture as conservative and progressive. We provide amenities and quality of life for families and an educated workforce for the businesses in town. We believe arts and historic preservation is important. Our river’s beauty is enhanced by the many parks (well above national average for a community this size). Our natural resources are important to our way of life; we were the 2nd Tree City USA in the state.”

Abundant Opportunities

If you need an area poised for growth and invested in the future, Hutchinson is the place! Mayor Cook is proud to note that Hutchinson’s “reliable utilities, land, and financial assistance contributes to our appeal” and continually leads to new business opportunities. “We have developed into a regional manufacturing center that provides jobs,” he explains. “The EDA has been recognized statewide for its achievements in keeping Hutchinson top-of-mind for business development. We have a small town atmosphere with big city amenities.”

Hutchinson is a community that many types of businesses call home. Hutchinson’s unique spin on development is helping the community thrive.

“The EDA has been recognized statewide for its achievements in keeping Hutchinson top-of-mind for business development.”

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Plenty of Support

Hutchinson has local and regional banks that are involved with business financing. The real support, however, comes from various development groups who take an active role in guiding a new business.

Cook explains, “We have support groups – EDA, Small Business Development Center, Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF), Ridgewater College and even city staff who work with developers to get projects moved to YES!   As the business grows, DEED has programs for workforce development. Ridgewater College offers customized training; they listen to needs and adapt accordingly. While the business is getting established, veteran business owners mentor and coach others. Then a business can reach out to the Angel Network for additional resources. We are willing to continually look at how to improve resources and help others to be successful. We are all supporting each other to get results.”

We are willing to continually look at how to improve resources and help others to be successful.”

Development is more than just businesses; it is investment in environmental opportunities and an artistic culture. Members of the community want to preserve that heritage for future generations. Cook concludes, “Some cities become complacent and wait for things to come; we aren’t like that. Hutchinson’s leaders have a progressive attitude; it is in our roots and it is how we shape our future.”

 

 

 

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