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Chamber Hires Soldan for Economic Development

Soldan Named to Economic Development Post

MANHATTAN, Kan. (February 17, 2020) The Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce has announced  the appointment of Daryn Soldan as the new Director of Economic Development.

Soldan will begin his duties March 9th. The Manhattan native is taking over for Trent Armbrust who moved to a position with the Kansas Department of Commerce in 2019.

“We couldn’t be more pleased that Daryn has accepted this position,” said Jason Smith, President and CEO of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce. “His experience in business and economic development is impressive. He also has a strong love for this region and wants to be a part of improving the economic standing of our residents.”

Soldan’s primary responsibilities will include implementing the economic prosperity strategies outlined in Region Reimagined and the Greater Manhattan Project. Specifically, Soldan will oversee business attraction, business retention and expansion and entrepreneurial activities for the Chamber’s economic development program.  The Chamber serves as the lead organization for economic development in Manhattan through a contract with the City of Manhattan and private investments through Advantage Manhattan.

Soldan has held a number of roles in the Manhattan region, most recently serving as executive director of the Wamego Area Chamber of Commerce. Prior to that he was the director for the Small Business Development Center in Manhattan where he assisted many businesses in the region get started.  He has also held positions with the Junction City Chamber and spent two years in the economic development division of the Manhattan Chamber.

“I’m very excited about the Chamber’s strategic vision for economic development and the growth opportunities that exist in the Manhattan region,” said Soldan. “I look forward to leading efforts to create jobs, attract talent and expand entrepreneurial activity.”

Additionally, Smith announced the recent transition of George Kandt into the business retention and expansion manager role for the Chamber. Kandt will coordinate all programming in the area of business growth, including an expanded on-site visitation program. Kandt, also a native of Manhattan, recently moved back to the community after a long career with Sprint in Overland Park. Additionally, Kandt served as a City Commissioner in Overland Park for 12 years.

“George’s experience in business development and work with Overland Park’s economic development program make him a natural for this new position,” Smith said. “I am very excited about these appointments and I believe it is a great leap forward in our efforts to implement our new plan for economic prosperity.”

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