Serving the 18 Counties of Northwest Kansas
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Essential community infrastructure is key in ensuring that rural areas enjoy the same basic quality of life and services enjoyed by those in urban areas. Community Facilities Programs offer direct loans, loan guarantees and grants to develop or improve essential public services and facilities in communities across rural America. These amenities help increase the competitiveness of rural communities in attracting and retaining businesses that provide employment and services for their residents.
Public bodies and non-profit organizations can use the various program funds to construct, expand or improve Community facilities, Fire Stations/Ambulance Barns/Fire Trucks and Ambulances, Water and Sewer Projects, Streets, Curbs and Gutters, Downtown Rehabilitation, Urgent Need, Housing Rehabilitation and Demolition and many other community-based initiatives.
Financing may also cover the costs for land acquisition, professional fees, and purchase of equipment. These facilities not only improve the basic quality of life but assist in the development and sustainability of Northwest Kansas.
Business Appreciation Awards for the N.W. and N.C. Region were presented at Luncheons in Goodland and Hays, in April, by the Kansas Dept. of Commerce. Regional Award Winners in the various catagories included the following: Category
Retail – The Elephant Bar & Bistro – Hoxie Brant’s Meat Market –
Lucas & Plainville
Service – Decatur Co. Beef – Oberlin BP Textiles – Damar
Hospital /Non-Profit – Colby Community College Rooks Co. Health Center –
Manufacturing – Surefire Ag. – Atwood HESS Services - Hays
.Innovation - Goodland Tech - Goodland Agri-Lead - Russell
Palmer- Hargrave lighting and Classic Cloth/Welles Textiles, were also recognized in the Mfg. Category, for being nominated, as were many other N.W. Kansas businesses.
Grant Writing and Administration of awarded grants, are all part of the services available thru the Northwest Kansas Planning and Development Commission.
The Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program allows the Department of Commerce to distribute federal funds to Kansas cities and counties looking to improve their community.
CDBG awards are given in four primary categories:
Contact Corina Cox or Justine Benoit to determine your City/County needs and eligibility, and to discuss application process.
Randy Hrabe - Executive Director
Corina Cox - Economic Development Coordinator
Justine Benoit - Economic Development Coordinator
Julia Kollman - Business Finance Officer
Chris Noltimier - Housing Specialist
Autumn Cox - Housing Assistant
Ruth Deines - Fiscal Officer
Andrea Klaus - Administrative Assistant