Young Professionals See Business & Family Opportunities in Montgomery County
8 Oct 2020
When Gavin Webster moved away for college, he felt there was some chance he would return to his hometown of Independence, Kansas. But after graduation, he realized how much he loved the community he grew up in.
“I'm married now and my wife and I wanted to live in a community that is surrounded by hard-working professionals who care about and give back to their town,” he said. “And that is Independence.”
Webster, along with his brothers, Garrett and Grant, are part of a growing trend of young professionals learning about the opportunities present in Montgomery County.
All three Webster brothers grew up in Independence, went away for school and moved back to pursue their careers. Ar 30-years-old, Grant, is the oldest and is a dentist and owner of Grant M. Webster Family Dentistry, LLC. He received his degrees at the University of Kansas and A.T. Still University of Health Sciences in Kirksville, Missouri. The middle sibling, Garrett, is a 28-year-old insurance agent with NDB Insurance, with two years at both Independence Community College and Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. And Gavin, as the youngest brother at 26, is a financial advisor with Edward Jones after receiving his degree at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas. All three moved back to Independence shortly after graduation.
When asked why they moved back to their hometown, all three responded - separately - with the same answer of “Community.”
Grant recently purchased his own dental practice and was looking for an area where he could maintain a personal touch with patients. He always enjoyed the hometown feel Independence offered as one large, family community.
“I know that personal touch is appreciated by all my patients and it is reciprocated back to me as a dentist,” he said. “The community has been extremely supportive during the opening of my new practice, which has given me the confidence and drive to serve the community to the best of my ability.”
Gavin knew living in a community as a child can be very different than as an adult and business professional. He said the most pleasant surprise when he moved back was the amount of support he has witnessed in helping to create a thriving business.
“There is a great core group of young professionals in Independence, with the influx from those having moved here for the first time and those moving back after growing up here,” he said. “And being a smaller community is a great benefit for Independence in forming many relationships and connections with that group.”
Garrett agreed with his brother’s sentiment regarding young professionals coming to the area.
“I have been surprised to see more younger faces move back to Independence and start their own career here,” he said.
All three brothers believe the best part of their community goes far past the business atmosphere. Local activities include golfing, biking and hiking to visiting the Riverside Park and Ralph Mitchell Zoo or attending the annual Neewollah Festival. Along with an excellent school district and a lively downtown scene with shopping and a movie theatre, the family-friendly environment and activities offer more than most smaller communities.
“I can’t think of a place that is more suited for starting a family and raising children,” said Grant. “The activities are so community- and family-oriented, that it allows you to thrive in family, personal and business life.”
As a lifelong resident of Montgomery County, Garrett said one theme has always stuck with him.
“I can say it has always been a great and safe county,” he said.
All told, Gavin summed up his feelings about living in Montgomery County.
“This is a safe, friendly community, and my wife and I feel very confident and comfortable saying we will raise our family here,” he said. “This is a great place to feel loved and cared about, with the ability to be part of something great!”