The Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation is a non-profit organization that promotes the growth and development of existing businesses, and pursues quality new businesses to help sustain the economic vitality of the area. With the recent investments announced, Dodge City and Ford County have experienced an increase of 13.1% in job growth over the past five years, accounting for over 2,000 additional new job openings in all areas including accounting, health, manufacturing, hospitality, agribusiness, and education.
The Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation is a joint partnership between the City of Dodge City, Ford County, and several private businesses.
The mission of the Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation is to promote the growth and development of existing business and pursue quality new businesses in an aggressive, positive, and efficient manner that promotes the socio-economic viability of the region.
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Joann Knight serves as the Executive Director of the Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation and has been with the public/private partnership for 22 years. She is responsible for overseeing the organizations day-to-day operations including business recruitment and expansion, workforce, housing, rural community development, neighborhood revitalization and entrepreneurship.
Mrs. Knight currently serves as the Chairman of the Dodge City Housing Advisory Board, is a member of the Team Kansas Advisory Board, MLP Community Advisory Committee, Main Street Dodge City Board of Directors, as well as several local and regional advisory boards. She was the 2013 Kansas Representative on the Southern Economic Development Council Board of Directors and is a Past President of the Kansas Economic Development Alliance.
Debbie Harris is the Special Projects Assistant for Workforce for the Development Corporation. She maintains the dodgecityhasjobs.com website as well as showcases Dodge City’s workforce needs at several career fairs throughout the Midwest every year. Debbie is also responsible for the day-to-day financial management of the office, collects quarterly cost of living data and organizes Dodge City Festivals, Inc. She has been with the Development Corporation for 15 years.
Tara Schraeder joined the Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation as the Business Development Coordinator in January 2017. Her position will consist of coordinating projects with business owners who have chosen Dodge City as a potential business location, working with incentive programs, grant applications, and leading the marketing efforts.
Tara was born and raised in Dodge City and graduated from both Dodge City High School, and Dodge City Community College. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wichita State University, and is currently pursuing her Master of Business Administration degree through Fort Hays State University.
Tara enjoys reading, running, sports, traveling and learning. Her favorite sports teams are the Kansas City Chiefs, The Kansas City Royals, and the University of Kansas Jayhawks.
Mollea Wainscott joined the Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation in September 2015 as the Special Projects Coordinator/Housing. Her position will consist of coordinating projects of the Community Housing Association of Dodge City and the Abandoned Housing Program. She will also focus on the neighborhood revitalization programs and grant writing,
Mollea has lived in Dodge City for the past fourteen years and graduated from Dodge City Community College. She is currently working towards her Bachelors in Business Education through Fort Hays State University.
Mollea worked for Dodge City Public Schools USD 443 for 10 years and is excited to join the Development Corporation team. Mollea has two children who attend USD 443 schools.
She enjoys cheering for her son during wrestling and baseball season, and watching her daughter perform in choir. Mollea also enjoys watching her favorite Kansas teams, the Chiefs and Royals, win.
Krissy Pulkrabek joined the Development Corporation in September 2015 as the Main Street Assistant. In March 2016, Krissy was promoted as Main Street Coordinator, following the departure of the Main Street director. In this role, Krissy will assist with the revitalization efforts of the downtown historic district through the development of new incentive programs, implementing marketing and event promotions, and working with current and new small businesses to strengthen the downtown business climate.