By Kyle Siegel
On Thursday, April 11 at the Sedalia Country Club, Economic Development Sedalia-Pettis County held their Eighth Annual Works For You Awards Recognition Event where they honored two individuals that have had a tremendous impact on economic development in Sedalia and Pettis County.
The Master of Ceremonies for the event was Rusty Kahrs. Kahrs is the current president of the EDSPC board and also former Pettis County Presiding Commissioner.
Several city, state and county officials were on hand for the banquet including Sedalia Mayor Elaine Horn, Pettis County Presiding Commissioner John Meehan, Missouri State Representative Dean Dohrman and Missouri State Representative Stanley Cox.
Several members of the Sedalia City Council, city staff, county officials, SFCC and Sedalia 200 School District were also in attendance to lend their support and appreciation to those being recognized for their efforts in supporting economic development in Sedalia and Pettis County.
David Pratt with Inter-State Studios was on hand for the event and produced the photography for the evening.
“Tonight’s award was created to recognize those who have donated years of time and passion to assisting in the growth opportunities for the Pettis County economic business climate, its progress and its success,” Kahrs said before introducing the first honoree of the evening.
The first person being recognized for their work with the EDSPC was Tony Grandison.
“The first recipient helped us with every project year in and year out, and with every process.
“This persons’ assistance has been never ending. Well, until he retired. Even though he retired, he calls quite often to check up on us,” Kahrs said about Grandison.
In the past eight years Grandison helped with over 40 projects pertaining to the economic development and growth in Pettis County.
Before retiring at the end of 2012, Grandison served as project manager of the Missouri Department of Economic Development.
Grandison spent countless hours in Sedalia, assisting with many different projects including the Enhanced Enterprise Zone.
The second person recognized for their work in Sedalia and Pettis County’s economic development was former EDSPC Board President John Swearingen.
“Prior to becoming president of the Economic Development Board of Directors in 2007, our recipient was on the Executive Board in 2004 and on the Board of Directors many years before that,” Kahrs said of Swearingen.
He added, “He continuously dedicates an immense amount of time to economic development with the only reward to make the community a better place for residents and companies.”
Kahrs went on to add, “The key item about John Swearingen is that whatever and whenever we asked him for assistance and no matter what it may be, he is there.
“He continues to serve as immediate past president and supports us in our endeavors to grow our community, be it with prospects or our existing businesses, our events or our day to day work.”
EDSPC Director Linda Christle spoke about the success of the banquet.
“Everybody had a good time and got to do a bit of networking.
“We got to honor a couple of individuals who have supported, assisted and promoted economic development for many years,” Christle said. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.