The area of Dodge City and Ford County, Kansas has had a long history of supplying the right needs for industry from the early cattle drives to today's agricultural, energy, and manufacturing markets. Ford County currently has two of the world's largest beef processing facilities, National Beef and Cargill Meat Solutions, and four of the state's major wind farms. It is also been ranked in the top 10 "Least Economically Stressed Counties" in the United States by the Associated Press and has become a growing center for the energy and tourism industries. Dodge City and Ford County offer businesses a hardworking labor force, high quality of life in the community, and lower costs of living.
ITC Great Plains won the 2015 Governor's Award of Excellence, while Vektek Inc. was named the 2015 Governor's Exporter of the Year.
The Kansas Department of Commerce has named 24 Regional Business Excellence Award winners and 52 Merit Award winners as part of Business Appreciation Month, the Department’s annual celebration of Kansas businesses and their contributions to their communities and the state economy.
Bringing quality programming to southwest Kansas, the Center for Entrepreneurship at Wichita State University along with the Dodge City Ford County Development Corporation, will be teaming up once again to present a one-day franchise seminar on February 17, 2015.
Kansas employment growth is anticipated to reach 1.8 percent in 2015, according to a recent study by Wichita State University.