Meet Our Team
President & CEO
Lona began work at Finney County Economic Development Corporation in 2010 as the Director of Business Retention and has been the President/ CEO since 2011. Lona holds a degree in Public Administration and is committed to ensuring the economic strength and vitality of western Kansas into the future.
Vice President, Community Development
Nicole joined Finney County Economic Development Corporation in 2015 as Project Manager and has served as Vice President of Community Development since 2019. She oversees the workforce recruitment and development efforts of FCEDC and provides leadership for community development initiatives. Nicole earned a degree in Accounting and manages the financial and clerical aspects of the organization as well.
Director of Analytics
Shannon joined Finney County Economic Development Corporation in 2016 as a Strategic Analyst. Shannon holds a master's degree in Statistical Analysis and provides strategic analysis for FCEDC as well as contracting services to our partner organizations and other non-profits throughout the community and region.
Professional Engineer, Special Projects Director
Steve retired in 2018, after 29 years with the City of Garden City. Steve joined Finney County Economic Development Corporation as Special Projects Director in 2020. Steve has worked closely with the FCEDC since our beginning, and now works on all aspects of economic development, assisting developers with concept plans and advice on funding strategies. Steve is from Nebraska and has a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska.
Director of Communications
Scott joined FCEDC in 2017 as the Director of Communications and recently returned to his position in 2021. Scott holds a degree in Journalism and lends his vast reporting skills to the creation of stories and promotions that celebrate Finney County, Garden City, Holcomb and the Greater Garden City area with the Greater Garden City website and Facebook page.
The Finney County Economic Development Corporation was created for and is committed to the continual improvement of the economic quality of life in the Finney County area.
-Lona DuVall, President
Promote, aid, develop, and advance new business and industry in Finney County, providing skilled, high-wage primary jobs for the welfare of the community.
Assist existing primary business and industry with growth and expansion plans through a proactive business retention program
Create a business environment conducive to entrepreneurship by providing financial support and technical assistance to primary businesses in collaboration with partner agencies.
The Finney County Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with local community organizations, are working together to create a community-wide campaign to recruit, enhance, and retain a sustainable workforce in the Finney County region. This initiative is known as the Finney County Workforce Connection.
For more information, please visit the Finney County Workforce Connection website.
FCEDC Board of Directors
Bob Kreutzer, Board Chairman, Finney County Representative
Phil Escareno, Vice-Chairman, City of Garden City Representative
Sam Hands, Treasurer, Finney County Representative
Stewart Nelson, Finney County Representative
Larry Geier, City of Garden City Representative
David Rupp, GCCC Representative
Ron Schreibvogel, Holcomb Representative
>>>The FCEDC Board of Directors meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7:30 am at the City of Garden City Administrative Building.