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An employee of Premier Fence, Kansas City, Kan., works on one of the fences at the new Great Bend sports complex Thursday afternoon. The city is looking at this project and other ideas as ways to attract new people to town. - photo by DALE HOGG Great Bend Tribune

Taxpayer investments in local infrastructure and “quality of life” projects will be crucial to the continued expansion of a local business, the Great Bend City Council was told this week.
Kevin Thompson, the vice president for CUNA Mutual Group — owners of CPI Qualified Plan Consultants — met with the council and encouraged them to continue with projects such as the baseball complex that is currently being developed on south McKinley Street.
He suggested that and other projects will help to attract new hires to Great Bend, and that is going to be important in the future as CPI continues to grow in new directions.
“It has been just over one year since CUNA purchased CPI. CUNA Mutual remains very pleased with the acquisition, CPI and our working relationship with the business community and city leaders,” a statement from Thompson read in part.
“We appreciate all that Mayor Allison and the council have done to date, including the My Town project, the zoo, the aviary, water park and new ball diamonds. Each of these has enhanced the quality of life in Great Bend. We would like to work together to continue and even accelerate these focused and tangible improvement projects. This will greatly enhance our ability to bring quality jobs to CPI and support the local economy.”
In his brief comments to the council, Thompson also acknowledged that housing will also continue to be an important issue as the local business adds employees over the next few years.