City of Kingman emails show uncertainty about Economic Development Department’s direction

City Manager Ron Foggin doesn’t think a City employee has to live within city limits to do good work. /Photo: Travis Rains

By Travis Rains | Daily Miner

The City’s new Economic Development Department, its director, Gary Kellogg, and the work it has or hasn’t completed were topics of discussion between Councilman Travis Lingenfelter and City Manager Ron Foggin in a string of emails spanning the last few days in May.

“Economic development is critical for the City of Kingman,” Lingenfelter said Tuesday. “You look at all the things that the City does, all the services we have. The quality of life really is defined by the goods and services we provide.”

He added that an economic development department goes a long way in ensuring a City has the resources it needs to provide those services. For Kingman, a big part of that development will be determined by the airport and industrial park. He said the City’s new asset gives Kingman an opportunity to create base industries, those which export to markets outside of Kingman, infrastructure and a workforce supported by livable-wage jobs.

However, Lingenfelter wonders if Kingman’s economic development goals would be further helped along by having a director who resides in City limits. Kellogg is a resident of Lake Havasu City.

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