AMY LANGE, CITY MANAGER
Amy began her service as the 17th fulltime City Manager for the City of Concordia in January 2018. She brings a wealth of public management experience to our community, having served in a variety of capacities for public organizations since 2005, including the City of Salina, USD 305 Salina Public Schools, and Cloud County Community College. Amy holds Bachelor of Science in Construction Science and Management and Master of Public Administration degrees from Kansas State University.
Amy understands rural Kansas and is passionate about making Concordia a great place to live, work, and play. She grew up on a farm near Morganville, Kansas, and graduated from Clay Center Community High School. Amy believes Concordia is a great blend of big city amenities and small town charm, and is proud to be a part of a thriving community. She hopes to continue to build on the successes of the community through collaboration and genuine effort to provide great services to Concordia residents and visitors.
Concordia is a great place for families. More than ninety percent of the people responding to a recent survey rated the city good to excellent as a place to live and raise children. Ninety-eight percent felt safe in the neighborhoods. Our schools are excellent, our housing is affordable, our parks, ball fields, and recreation programs are popular. We offer an exceptional variety of entertainment and dining choices for a community of our size.
We’re Open for Business
Concordia offers a variety of incentives for new and existing enterprises. The city is one of the major funding partners for CloudCorp, the county-wide economic development agency. We work closely with North Central Regional Planning Commission to procure and administer state and federal grants to enhance quality of life and extend our local tax dollars further. A countywide Neighborhood Revitalization Plan provides substantial tax rebates for new construction and major improvement of existing structures. Our revolving loan fund provides gap financing for qualified new or expanding businesses. Our downtown improvement program provides grants of up to $5,000.00 for improving the exteriors of downtown buildings. We have a successful history of industrial revenue bond financing. Our Development Review Team is ready to assist you by providing essential feedback during the conceptual or design development stage of your project.
Major New Developments
The city is undertaking substantial economic development initiatives to take advantage of our position as a key waypoint on four-lane U.S. 81.
- Construction of Runway 18/36 was completed in September 2021, providing safer access for B-II aircraft including business jets and air ambulance service with a 4,000-ft long by 75-ft wide concrete runway. This project also provided a parallel taxiway and opportunities for additional business development along the west side of Blosser Municipal Airport.
- A water main extension project is underway along the west side of U.S. Highway 81. This project will provide water to three commercial lots along U.S. Highway 81 for future development.
- The City donated land to Cloud County Health Center for construction of a new modern medical facility along College Drive west of U.S. Highway 81. The newly branded North Central Kansas Medical Center will open Fall 2022, offering the same high quality medical care as provided at the existing facility. The existing hospital building will be demolished Spring 2023. The Cloud County Health Center Board of Trustees donated the existing hospital property, located near the intersection of W. 11th Street and Highland Drive, to the Concordia Land Bank for the purpose of supporting new housing development in Concordia.
- The City partnered with CloudCorp to study housing conditions in Concordia. FIVE RULE Rural Planning of Kearney, Nebraska spent several months gathering data, meeting with stakeholders, analyzing results of a community survey, and driving the community. The resultant 2022 Concordia Housing Study and Market Analysis was presented to the City Commission and CloudCorp Board of Directors on September 6, 2022. This study revealed a significant shortage of moderate income and high income homes. The full report is available on the City's website.
- The City submitted a Moderate Income Housing grant application on September 29, 2022. This application included two priority projects: 1) Development of St. Joseph Subdivision, and 2) Redevelopment of Infill Lots. The St. Joseph Subdivision will include 11-12 moderate income speculative homes and four lots reserved for custom-built high income homes. The Infill Lots will include 4-5 moderate income homes built on vacant lots within established neighborhoods. The Community Resources Committee of CloudCorp will jointly administer and execute these projects. Grant awards will be announced in November 2022.