Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Economics, Finance, & Accounting
Dr. Milburn Little
The purpose of this study was two-fold. First, to determine what the cities of Western Kansas are doing to attract industry and what industries already located in Western Kansas looked for when they chose a particular city in which to locate. Second, the study will, hopefully, provide a guide to cities in preparing themselves as a site for industry. The method of obtaining information for this study consisted of three phases. First, personal interviews with various Chamber of Commerce managers and a number of businessmen; second, mailed questionnaires to forty-eight Chambers of Commerce or other civic organizations that would support their cities and thirty-three questionnaires to industries located in the cities of Western Kansas; third, pertinent published information was compiled as a base and guide line for the data obtained from the questionnaires. Once all of this information was gathered, it was put together in chapter from stressing the various factors affecting industrialization of a city. The problem of attracting industry to a small city is of critical importance to many small municipalities of Western Kansas. The problem involves many factors including labor, taxes, transportation, government, community attitude, and resources. The importance of the various factors vary from industry to industry according to their position in the various industries’ cost structure. In doing research on and study of this problem, the writer found that cities interested in attracting industry should stress their strong points and work to improve their weak points while seeking those industries that consider the cities strong points vital to the film’s existence. For the city to be successful in attracting industry, it can expect the effort to be time-consuming and expensive. However, the study has shown that in the long run the cities willing to put forth this effort have been well rewarded.
Copyright 1968 Roger L. Bean
Bean, Roger L., "A Survey of the Methods Used by Small Municipalities to Attract Industries" (1968). Master's Theses. 1111.