City hires economic developer

Staff writer

Terry Jones has lived in Marion for less than a year, but says it already feels like home. He will start as economic development director with the city on Monday.

Jones said he will speak with residents and town leaders to come up with a vision for the city.

“It will be something that is very fluid and ever changing,” he said. “My vision for the town will have to be part of my opinion, but mostly what our city wants.”

With a background of working with school districts across the country and helping them grow, Jones hopes he can help existing businesses prosper.

He has been speaking with economic developers in the area and state to get tips and advice.

“I was lucky enough that Mary Olson sent me to the Big Rural Brainstorm last month,” Jones said. “It was great to hear about the issues and solutions that many other towns similar to Marion are dealing with.”

He is married to Chelsi Jones and has a son, Dawson. He graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in economics.

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