Economic Development

As the Director of Economic Development for the City of Smithville, and a resident of this community, it is my number one goal to help manage the continued growth we are sure to realize and still maintain the charm and appeal of the small town atmosphere we now enjoy. A new resident told me the other day that she and her husband had been worrying whether they'd made the right decision to move to Smithville. Driving through town one evening, they found themselves in the courtyard enjoying "Hot Summer Nights", one of the many events held throughout the year in the Heritage District. While enjoying the "older men playing their harmonicas up on the stage," she looked around and saw "some boys with their jeans rolled up trying to catch a frog." "I knew then that we had made the right choice. We love it here," she said.

We are finalizing a Community Survey to help establish a Strategic Plan, which will address the issues and concerns conveyed by the citizens of Smithville. This community has endured much; our history includes a devastating flood in 1965 that bonded the people of this town in terms of hope, hard work and determination. The department of Economic Development and the Economic Development Committee is steadfastly intent on aggressively pursuing businesses and future development that will most benefit the people of the City of Smithville.

A family oriented community; the area provides many opportunities for outdoor fun at the 7,000-acre Smithville Lake, as well as either of two City parks. And with our close proximity to the heart of Kansas City, a 20-minute drive south will get you downtown or to the west, the KC International Airport. Interstate 435 is just 4 miles away, I-29 12 miles and I-35 12-1/2 miles.

We are a "small city ... fulfilling big dreams." We'd love to have you come and visit us and see why!

Sandy Butler
Economic Development Director