Enhancing Atchison County’s Business Climate
ACDC assists entrepreneurial companies, responds to inquiries, and develops incentives for doing business with Atchison County, such as the Enhanced Enterprise Zone and Tax Increment Financing.
Supporting Local Businesses and Leveraging Resources
ACDC promotes existing businesses through local grants and shop local campaigns. ACDC partners with Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation to provide individualized assistance. When assessing needs, ACDC also refers peope to organizations provided by Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments, University Extension, Small Business Administration, or another quality resource.
Providing Local and Regional Leadership
ACDC has provided staff and financial support for local efforts such as Tarkio Renewal, Restore Rock Port, and Atchison County Wholesale Water Commission. ACDC actively participates with economic and community development groups like Northwest Roundtable of Economic Developers, Leadership Northwest Missouri and the Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments.
ACDC was organized in 1978 to help attract business to Atchison County. Since 1995, ACDC has been supported by a 1/4 cent sales tax that provides an office and full-time staff. Today, ACDC provides economic development services and community development support, striving to create a vibrant, thriving place that our youth want to choose as their forever home. ACDC focuses strongly on growing existing businesses, connecting young people with their community and county, and creating an environment that fosters startups and new industries in Atchison County.
- Monica M. Bailey, Executive Director Monica (Martin) Bailey was hired in March of 2010 as ACDC’s Project Coordinator. A native of Tarkio, Monica holds a bachelor’s degree and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Missouri. Her community development background includes strategic planning/visioning, asset mapping, project management, event coordination, regional chamber of commerce management and communications. In May of 2011, Monica was named ACDC’s Executive Director and currently manages all aspects of organizational operations. In seeking to promote economic and community development of Atchison County, Monica focuses on business retention, community improvement projects, and business recruitment.
- Carol Clark, Administrative Assistant Carol Dunkle Clark joined ACDC as the Administrative Assistant in September 2013. Carol grew up in Fairfax, graduating from Fairfax High School in 1965 and completing a Masters degree in Guidance/Counseling from Northwest Missouri State University in 1972. From 1970-2012, Carol worked for three Community Action Agencies in Missouri and Kansas. Carol is grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the work of ACDC and for making her home once again near her family in Atchison County.
Board MembersLori Seymour – President
Craig Corken – Vice President
Bob Alldredge – Treasurer
Eryn Stepp – Secretary
Roger A. Martin