Mike Walker, assistant director of Fort Hays State University's Docking Institute of Public Affairs and an instructor of sociology, recently made an economic development presentation for the Miami County Economic Development Department.
The presentation covered a retail shop survey focusing on which retail items people buy in Miami County and which items people buy out of town. The presentation also looked at the number and composition of workers available for new or different employment in an eight-county area and produced technical reports for five communities.
Walker also presented a Rich County labor basin analysis at a Fall City, Neb., town meeting. The study, covering eight counties in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska, examined the labor support, skills and desired wages of the available labor pool.
Walker also took part in a Harvey County, Kansas, presentation on the county's five-year planning and direction project. Other presenters were Dr. Brett Zollinger, director of the Docking Institute; Dr. Mark Bannister, chair of FHSU's Department of Information Networking and Telecommunications; and Dr. Jian Sun, assistant professor of political science.