Edwards County Economic Development News http://www.edwardscounty.orghttp://www.edwardscounty.org/modules/news.htm?rssfeed=1 Tue, 18 Dec 2018 06:38:03 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 South Central Kansas Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Announces Results http://www.edwardscounty.orghttp://www.edwardscounty.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=7973 <p>Edwards County Economic Development, in association with the Network Kansas E-Community Partnership, hosted the South Central Kansas Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge on Wednesday, November 28<sup>th</sup>, 2018 at Kinsley High School, Kinsley, KS. Seven individuals and teams representing Kinsley High School presented their business concepts with a written business plan, a 4-minute presentation to judges and/ or a tabletop display.</p> <p>The winning concepts were:</p> <p>1<sup>st</sup> Prize $1,000: Rylie Miller, 10<sup>th</sup> Grade, FantasTech; 2<sup>nd</sup> Prize $500: Jaren Hambleton, 10<sup>th</sup> Grade, Jaren&rsquo;s Errands; 3<sup>rd</sup> Prize $250: Erynn Marquez, 10<sup>th</sup> Grade, You Can Do It Tutoring; Tradeshow Contest $250: Kenzie Sayler, 10<sup>th</sup> Grade, Just In Case.</p> <p>Winning students received $2,000 in prize money courtesy of the Edwards County E-Community Partnership. In addition, John Davis&rsquo; Entrepreneurship Classroom received $250 from Network Kansas. The classroom prize is provided to incentivize the teacher&rsquo;s involvement in the contest and to provide funding to enhance the entrepreneurship class.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is my third year being involved in the Youth Competitions and I am always so impressed with the creative ideas the kids come up with.<span>&nbsp; </span>It is so important for our students to learn about entrepreneurship because they will be the business owners driving our economy in the future,&rdquo; said Linette Miller, Economic Development Executive Director. <span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p>In addition to prizes and recognition, the first-place finisher has the opportunity to compete in the Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge at Kansas State University in Manhattan. This event will include the top youth entrepreneurs from schools across the state. The Kansas Mason&rsquo;s provide a $250 prize to each first-place finisher to help defray the cost of travel for the State competition.</p> <p>The goal of the competition is to expose Kansas middle school and high school students to entrepreneurship and give them hands-on experience. The students&rsquo; work was judged by Amara Kniep, Network Kansas; Bradley Venters, Farmers Bank &amp; Trust of Kinsley; and Troy Nelson, Lewis Masonic Lodge. This is the 2<sup>nd</sup> time Edwards County Economic Development has brought this competition to our community.</p> <p>For more information, contact Linette Miller, Edwards County Economic Development at 620-659-2711 or <a href="mailto:ecedc@sbcglobal.net">ecedc@sbcglobal.net</a>.</p> <p>For more information about NetWork Kansas or the E-Community Partnership , visit <a href="http://www.networkkansas.com/">www.networkkansas.com</a>.</p> CITY OF KINSLEY RECEIVES $400,000 GRANT FOR MODERATE INCOME HOUSING http://www.edwardscounty.orghttp://www.edwardscounty.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=7972 <p>The City of Kinsley has received a Moderate Income Housing Grant from the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation to build rental housing in the city. The grant will help decrease the cost of construction so that rent can remain at a rate that is affordable for individuals making moderate incomes in the community.</p> <p>Linette Miller, Edwards County Economic Development Director, wrote the grant and will be providing administration and management of the grant. &ldquo;New rental housing is in such demand here in Kinsley and this is something I have been working toward for several years,&rdquo; said Miller.</p> <p>Edwards County and the Cities pooled resources in 2012 to pay for a housing study that determined Kinsley would need approximately four new rentals in the moderate income affordability range by 2022.</p> <p>&ldquo;We plan to build two duplexes which will provide us with the four units that we are projected to need in Kinsley over the next few years,&rdquo; said Miller.</p> <p>The State of Kansas began the Moderate Income Housing Program in 2012 when they allocated $2 million to the State Housing Trust Fund to support Housing programs. The State Housing Trust Fund was created in 1991 for the purposed of administering Housing programs in the State.<span>&nbsp; </span>Since 2012 the State legislature has allocated an additional $2 million dollars to the program. Since 2012 more than 50 communities in Kansas have received MIH program dollars.</p> <p>For more information about the project contact Linette Miller at City Hall or 620-659-2711, <a href="mailto:ecedc@sbcglobal.net">ecedc@sbcglobal.net</a> or for information about the MIH Program visit <a href="http://www.kshouringcorp.org/">www.kshouringcorp.org</a>.</p> Edwards County Economic Development to Host Student Entrepreneurship Competition In November http://www.edwardscounty.orghttp://www.edwardscounty.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=7971 <span>&nbsp;Edwards County Economic Development, in association with the Network Kansas E-Community Partnership, announces the South Central Kansas Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge will take place in Kinsley, this November as part of the 2018-2019 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC) Series. The competition will be held from 9:00 a.m., November 28th at Kinsley High School Auditorium. The goal of the competition is to expose Kansas middle school and high school students to entrepreneurship.</span><br clear="none" /><br clear="none" /><span>&nbsp; &nbsp; "This is the second year we have hosted the competition for South Central Kansas and we are so excited to see more and more youth taking part in the contest," said Linette Miller, Director at Edwards County Economic Development. "But we could not do it without the support or our co-hosting counties," she said.</span><br clear="none" /><br clear="none" /><span>&nbsp; &nbsp; The competition is open to 7th through 12th grade students in Edwards, Stafford, Pawnee, Hodgeman, and Kiowa counties. The five counties are just one of many locations across Kansas to host a locally organized event designed to give students a hands-on entrepreneurship experience. The competition will consist of students preparing a written business plan or executive summary and a 4-minute presentation. Students can also choose to compete in a "tradeshow" booth competition as well. The students will be competing against each other for $2,000 in prize money. The deadline to enter is November 7th.</span><br clear="none" /><br clear="none" /><span>&nbsp; &nbsp; "Students tell us every year how local entrepreneurship competitions open their eyes to new career possibilities, reward innovation and creative problem solving, and give them valuable experience presenting ideas to a panel of judges. It's a wonderful gift that the community can give their youth," says Anne Dewvall, Manager of the E-Community Partnership.</span><br clear="none" /><br clear="none" /><span>&nbsp; &nbsp; Dureing the 2017-2-18 season, 709 students from 35 communities participated in 31 local entrepreneurship competitions as part of the YEC series. The 2018-2019 academic year marks the sixth annual YEC series coordinated by NetWork Kansas and the E-Community Partnership.</span><br clear="none" /><br clear="none" /><span>&nbsp; &nbsp; The annual YEC series culminates in a statewide championship, where the top students from each local competition face off against each other for prize money and other honors. The 2019 statewide championship will be held April 30, 2019 at Kansas State University.</span><br clear="none" /><br clear="none" /><span>&nbsp; &nbsp; For more information or to enter, contact Linette Miller, Edwards County Economic Development, at 620-339-9260 or&nbsp;</span><a shape="rect" ymailto="mailto:ecedc@sbcglobal.net" href="mailto:ecedc@sbcglobal.net">ecedc@sbcglobal.net</a><br clear="none" /><br clear="none" /><span>&nbsp; &nbsp; For more informaiton about NetWork Kansas or the E-Community Partnership, visit www.networkkansas.com.&lt;</span><a shape="rect" href="http://www.networkkansas.com./" target="_blank">http://www.networkkansas.com./</a><span>&gt;</span> LOCAL BUSINESSES RETURN FROM ?DESTINATION BOOTCAMP? http://www.edwardscounty.orghttp://www.edwardscounty.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=7970 <p>Three representatives from local businesses returned this month from a Colorado-based business improvement &ldquo;Destination Bootcamp&rdquo;, where they learned hundreds of new methods to bring more customers and tourists to Kinsley. Jennifer Gleason of Good Company/United Wireless, Jeanne Eustace of Kinsley Drug Company, and Bonita Werner of Kinsley Food Pride were among a group of business owners from across North America who attended the 20-hour workshop.</p> <p><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The two and one-half day &ldquo;Destination BootCamp&rdquo;, created by marketing consultant Jon Schallert, teaches independent business owners how to reposition their businesses as &ldquo;consumer destinations&rdquo;. According to Schallert, a business using his &ldquo;Destination Business&rdquo; strategies can compete effectively with larger brick and mortar competitors, along with online giants like Amazon. According to Schallert, it is not uncommon for destination businesses to create change in an entire city, by drawing consumers from miles around, from outside the immediate marketplace of a community.</p> <p><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>&ldquo;With the principles that were learned at the BootCamp, the businesses will be able to satisfy more of their customers&rsquo; needs and make purchasing their products a much more enjoyable, fun experience. Additionally, they will be attracting more visitors and tourists from outside Kinsley,&rdquo; says Linette Miller, Executive Director of Edwards County Economic Development. &ldquo;With what they&rsquo;ve learned, there&rsquo;s no reason they can&rsquo;t attract consumers from hundreds of miles away.&rdquo;</p> <p><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The Edwards County E-Community Partnership with Network Kansas provided the funding for the businesses to attend the BootCamp. The goal of the E-Community partnership is to increase entrepreneurial<span>&nbsp; </span>activity and develop a self-sustaining ecosystem favorable to long-term entrepreneurial growth. Edwards County is one of 59 E-Communities across the State.</p> <p><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The E-Community Partnership provides Edwards County with a loan fund to help local businesses get started as well as funding for educational programs that have been certified by NetWork Kansas.</p> <p><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Schallert&rsquo;s Destination Business BootCamp is held in Colorado seven times annually.<span>&nbsp; </span>Schallert has worked with independent business owners since 1983, speaks to thousands every year, and is the President of The Schallert Group, Inc., Longmont, Colorado. Schallert has been referred to as &ldquo;the marketing guru rooting for the retail underdogs&rdquo;. Business owners interested in attending may contact Linette Miller for more information, or can visit Schallert&rsquo;s website at <span><a href="http://www.destinationbootcamp.com/">www.DestinationBootCamp.com</a></span>.</p> Reduce Tax Liability http://www.edwardscounty.orghttp://www.edwardscounty.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=5074 <p><strong>Reduce Your Tax Liability</strong></p> <p><strong>10 Tips for Year-End Giving</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>by Linette Miller</strong></p> <p><strong>Chair, Kinsley Community Foundation</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In May of 2015, the Kinsley Community Foundation was created with an initial donation of $1000 from Kinsley PRIDE and a matching donation of $1000 from the Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Kinsley Community Foundation was formed as an affiliated fund of the Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas so that we can take advantage of the power of their considerable investing experience and strength.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Foundation is a tax exempt public charity created by and for the people of Kinsley with the mission of building hometown philanthropy.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Since the Foundation is so new it is currently in a building phase, meaning it will need a base of donations to build the fund to a sustainable level so that it is generating enough to make it possible to make donations to area projects and organizations.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; That being said, now is a great time for giving. When you make a donation by December 31 to the Community Foundation, you aren&rsquo;t just giving money&mdash;you&rsquo;re making a difference in our community. Here are 10 ways to make the most of your year-end giving.</p> <ol> <li><strong>Talk to your advisor. </strong>Before making any significant gift to charity, consult with your CPA, attorney or other advisor to understand the impact on your taxes and estate.</li> <li><strong>Consider your income. </strong>Take time to understand your tax liability for the year. Did your unearned income increase? Did you sell any appreciated assets? The answers to these questions may determine how much you want to give by December 31.</li> <li><strong>Review your stocks.</strong> If you&rsquo;d like to make a year-end charitable gift, consider giving appreciated stock. Selling stock will incur capital gains on the appreciation, but if you gift stock, you will receive a charitable deduction for the current market value of the stock&mdash;just as you would with a cash gift. Such gifts are deductible up to 30% of your adjusted gross income and you can carry the deduction forward for up to an additional five years.</li> <li><strong>Give early and complete your gift by December 31.</strong> A gift by check is complete when mailed (postmarked) to the charitable recipient, even if not cashed until the following year. Gifts by credit card are complete when your credit card account is charged. Gifts of stock and real estate are more complex; don&rsquo;t wait until late December to make these gifts as it may be too late to make the necessary arrangements.</li> <li><strong>Know the organizations you support.</strong> While there are many worthy causes, only donations to qualified 501(c)(3) organizations are tax-deductible. If you give through the Community Foundation, we will document the status of all nonprofits prior to making a gift on your behalf and can help you identify organizations that are qualified to receive your gift.</li> <li><strong>Do you have more than enough? </strong>If you&rsquo;re receiving taxable income from retirement plan assets or life insurance policies, there are a number of tax-advantaged ways to make these assets work for you and the causes you support. The Charitable IRA Rollover Act, for example, allows donors age 70 &frac12; or older to donate up to $100,000 from their IRA without counting the distribution as income.</li> <li><strong>Explore employer gift matching programs.</strong> Many companies offer gift matching program that can increase &ndash;even double&mdash;the impact of your gift.</li> <li><strong>Give now</strong>&mdash;<strong>decide later</strong>. If you are planning for a charitable tax deduction this year but are undecided about which nonprofits to support, consider opening a donor-advised fund at the Kinsley Community Foundation. You can claim a deduction for contribution to your fund now even though distributions from the fund might be made in future years. A donor-advised fund can be set up in one meeting.</li> <li><strong>Create a giving plan</strong>. The Kinsley Community Foundation can help you create a giving plan to help you think strategically about how you give and to what organizations. This ensures that your donations make the greatest impact on the causes you care about while maximizing tax advantages.</li> <li><strong>Let the Kinsley Community Foundation do the legwork</strong>. Working with the Kinsley Community Foundation gives you access to our extensive knowledge of the local community and the broad charitable needs of our region&mdash;so you can stay informed about the organizations you support and the effect your giving will have on the future of our community.</li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A six member Advisory Committee for the Kinsley Community Foundation has been formed consisting of Marty Gleason, Jon Herrmann, Jay Schroetlin, Amy Sollock, Lagayle Putter, and Linette Miller serving as Chair. For more information or to make a donation, please contact one of the Advisory Committee members or Linette Miller at 620-659-2711.</p> Economic Development Issue on November Ballot http://www.edwardscounty.orghttp://www.edwardscounty.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=4139 <p><strong>Economic Development Initiative on November Ballot</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; On November 4, the voters in Edwards County will have the opportunity to vote to establish new funding streams to start or expand businesses as well as make vital building upgrades for the purpose of revitalizing Edwards County business areas. The question on the ballot will read:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>SHALL THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF EDWARDS COUNTY, KANSAS, IMPOSE A .375% ADDITIONAL COUNTYWIDE SALES TAX WITH THE PROCEEDS TO BE USED TO FUND VARIOUS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES AS DETERMINED BY THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ON AN ANNUAL BASIS INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO BUSINESS LOANS, GRANTS TO BUSINESSES FOR BUILDING UPGRADES, AND OTHER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS WITH 10% ANNUALLY RESERVED FOR ADMINISTRATION OF THESE PROGRAMS.&nbsp;&nbsp; SAID SALES TAX TO BECOME EFFECTIVE ON THE FIRST CALENDAR QUARTER AFTER STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS HAVE BEEN MET.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Previous attempts have been made to vote in this sales tax measure to fund the operating expenses of the Economic Development Office, however, those attempts have been unsuccessful. Currently, the Edwards County Economic Development Corporation is funded through general fund allocations from Edwards County and the City of Kinsley and fees for administration of grants for non-profit and government entities . Passage of this measure will not affect the current funding situation of Economic Development.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If passed, the proposed sales tax would initially establish two funds. The first fund would be made up of 45% of the sales tax collected and would establish a Business Micro-loan Fund. The current Micro-loan fund that exists in Edwards County is nearly all loaned out and was originally derived from a grant from the Community Development Block Grant Program which is a division of Housing and Urban Development. These funds can only be loaned to businesses employing 5 or fewer employees, 51% of which must be low to moderate income and the business owner must have been refused a bank loan. The current loans are tied to job retention and creation, because of the guidelines are not available to every business owner, and are high risk. However, the proposed Micro-loan Fund would not have to follow the same regulations. The loans would be regulated and administered locally with guidelines established by the County Commission.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A second 45% of the proposed sales tax would be used to establish a building renovation grant fund. These funds could be accessed by existing or proposed businesses to provide storefront renovations, energy efficiency upgrades or necessary maintenance. The grant would provide 1/3 of the project cost up to a certain dollar limit while the business owner would provide 2/3 of the funding through cash match or bank loan.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;There is a definite need, at this time, for revitalization of our downtown districts. Businesses have a tough time coming up with the cash they need to get started. And our downtowns are made up of buildings that are 100 plus years old. Sometimes a little extra funding can mean the difference between success and failure for a small business. These programs have worked in other communities to revitalize their downtowns,&rdquo; said Linette Miller, Economic Development Director.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The remaining 10% of the funding would be reserved each year to cover the cost of administration and management of the newly established grant and loan programs. Annually the County Commission would review the fund balances and determine how much funding is needed in each of the programs and adjust the proportions accordingly. If, in the future, both funds have adequate balances, the County Commission would have the option to establish funds for other Community or Economic Development purposes.&nbsp;&nbsp; For instance, the funding could be used to provide the local portion of various grants or programs to provide housing, attract industry, or build new infrastructure.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;To successfully pull off an Economic or Community Development Project, many times it comes down to local funding. There are grants and other programs to help build housing or other community needs, however, you must have local funding to pay for engineering costs or provide the match,&rdquo; Miller said.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The sales tax rate in Kinsley would be raised to 8.525% and 7.525% in the remainder of the county. If the sales tax is increased it will still be comparable to the regional destinations where many Edwards County residents go to shop. Sales tax rates in Dodge City are 8.8%, Great Bend 7.9%-9.9% in special tax areas, Larned 8.650%, and Hays 8.4% &ndash; 10.4% in special tax areas.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>According to the Kansas Department of Revenue website, sales tax is charged on <em>retail sale, rental or lease of tangible personal property; labor services to install, apply, repair, service, alter, or maintain tangible personal property, and admissions to entertainment, amusement, or recreation places in Kansas</em>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The State of Kansas collects 6.150%, Edwards County collects 1% and the City of Kinsley collects 1% in sales taxes. If the measure passes, an additional .375% would be collected and be held by Edwards County to fund special economic development projects. The proposed sales tax increase will raise approximately $99,657.78 based on 2013 revenues in Edwards County.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Sales taxes are paid by anyone who purchases goods or services in the county. This means that the tax burden is spread over all residents and a portion of the burden is paid by travelers or visitors.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A gallon of milk costs approximately $4.00. If the sales tax question passes, $.015 cents would go toward the proposed sales tax. If you purchase $100 in groceries, the additional amount collected would equal $.38 cents. The additional amount on a $1,000 purchase would equal $3.75.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information about the proposed sales tax question please feel free to cal l the Economic Development Office at 620-659-2711, stop by the office at 721 Marsh in Kinsley, email at <a href="mailto:ecedc@sbcglobal.net">ecedc@sbcglobal.net</a>, or visit the website at <a href="http://www.edwardscounty.org">www.edwardscounty.org</a>.</p> Economic Development Initiative on November Ballot http://www.edwardscounty.orghttp://www.edwardscounty.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=1912 <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves /> <w:TrackFormatting /> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:DoNotPromoteQF /> <w:LidThemeOther>EN-US</w:LidThemeOther> 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failed to pass by just 15 votes.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The question on the November 6, 2012 ballot will read:<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">SHALL THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF EDWARDS COUNTY, KANSAS, IMPOSE A .375% ADDITIONAL COUNTYWIDE SALES TAX FOR THE PURPOSE OF FINANCING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES, CHANGING THE PRIMARY FUNDING SOURCE FROM PROPERTY TAX TO SALES TAX?<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>SAID SALES TAX TO BECOME EFFECTIVE AS OF THE 1<sup>ST</sup> DAY OF APRIL, 2013?</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Currently, the Edwards County Economic Development Corporation is funded through general fund allocations from Edwards County in the amount of $40,000 which is equivalent to approximately 1 County mil; and the City of Kinsley in the amount of $20,000, which is equivalent to approximately 4 City mils.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Although both the County and the City of Kinsley receive sales taxes and other funding, the majority of general funds are derived from property taxes.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">The additional $9,879.81of<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>the budget is raised by providing grant and loan administration services to organizations and governmental units in the county.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>If the sales tax question passes, Economic Development will be funded solely by sales taxes and administrative services fees.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">The sales tax rate in Kinsley would be raised to 8.675% and 7.675% in the remainder of the county.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>If the sales tax is increased it will still be comparable to the regional destinations where many Edwards County residents go to shop.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Sales tax rates in Dodge City are 8.9%, Garden City 8.45%, Great Bend 8.05%, Larned 8.8%, Salina, 8.2% and Hays 8.55%.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">According to the Kansas Department of Revenue website, sales tax is charged on <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">retail sale, rental or lease of tangible personal property; labor services to install, apply, repair, service, alter, or maintain tangible personal property, and admissions to entertainment, amusement, or recreation places in Kansas</i>.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">The State of Kansas collects 6.3%, Edwards County collects 1% and the City of Kinsley collects 1% in sales taxes.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>If the question passes, Economic Development would collect .375%.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>A 3/8<sup>th</sup> cent raise in sales tax will provide enough to entirely fund Economic Development as well as special projects.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Edwards County and the City of Kinsley can utilize the allocations they are currently giving to Economic Development on other projects or provide residents with property tax relief.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Sales taxes are paid by anyone who purchases goods or services in the county.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>This means that the tax burden is spread over all residents rather than just those who own property.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>In addition, a portion of the burden is paid by travelers or visitors who make purchases.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; 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find funding for a new ambulance and energy efficiency upgrades to the courthouse, the Wayne Township for Community Building upgrades, the City of Lewis for sewer system upgrades and the City of Kinsley for built infrastructure improvements.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">The agency is also the lead on all tourism promotion in the county and has developed a comprehensive website that receives over 1,000 hits per month as well as Hunter&rsquo;s and Visitor&rsquo;s guides to aid tourists and visitors in locating lodging and retail venues in the county.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The website is also a valuable resource for 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mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style> <![endif]--> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal" class="MsoNormal">Approximately 20 months after the closing of the Duckwall Store in Kinsley, a replacement, Kinsley Variety Store has opened.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>During that time we have all felt the pain of having to drive 25 or more miles to get something we needed.</p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal" class="MsoNormal">Over the last 15 months, owners, Judy and Chris Wilson, along with myself, several State, regional and local resource providers and the City and County have worked to get the Kinsley Variety Store up and running.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Now that it is here, I hope that we all remember what life was like before it existed.</p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal" class="MsoNormal">The Kinsley Variety Store, and for that matter, all of our local business will not exist if we do not use them.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I do not want to imagine a time where I have to drive 25 or 30 miles to get a gallon of milk or a prescription when my child is sick.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>We are so blessed in Edwards County to have all of the businesses and services that we do have. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>Every business depends on YOU for their survival and every one of them is crucial to the survival of our small towns.</p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal" class="MsoNormal">Economic Development, City government and the County can work tirelessly to help small businesses start-up.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>But if they are not supported then the work we do is in vain.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The Small Business Administration says that one in every three new businesses will fail within two years time.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>And more than half fail by the five year mark.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal" class="MsoNormal">So please SHOP LOCAL FIRST.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>I know that you can&rsquo;t get everything you need here, but be sure you have exhausted the resources we have before you look for that item somewhere else.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>And if you are truly set on a particular item that local stores don&rsquo;t carry, ask them to get it.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>But remember, they can&rsquo;t order an entire case of something so that you can purchase one item.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Our stores have limited space to offer a large variety and may not carry your favorite brand.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Offer to buy half the case or the whole thing if it is something you use a lot.</p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal" class="MsoNormal">Some people complain that prices are too high in small towns.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>I beg to differ.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Every time you shop out of county you are spending $3.89 a gallon on gas.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>You will probably eat out at a restaurant.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>And with the huge selection of items in some stores, you are bound to be purchasing items you really don&rsquo;t need.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Add that all up and you can afford to spend a little more on an item you purchase locally.</p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal" class="MsoNormal">Plus when you shop in our community your money stays local and you simultaneously create jobs, fund more services like education and health and safety services through taxes, invest in neighborhood improvement and promote community development.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Approximately $68 of every $100 you spend locally stays in Edwards County.</p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal" class="MsoNormal">Ninety-one percent of local business owners contribute to their community, including schools, nonprofits and community groups, by volunteering and making donations.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>How can you expect area businesses to support your cause if you don&rsquo;t support them?</p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal" class="MsoNormal">Supporting our own local businesses means you&rsquo;re helping to secure jobs and opportunities for your neighbors, family and community.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>These employees in turn spend in the local economy.</p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal" class="MsoNormal">Choosing to shop local saves you fuel costs, meals, and shipping fees (if you shop online) not to mention long line-ups, traffic, weather, and travel time which equates to money saved.</p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal" class="MsoNormal">Shopping local means you&rsquo;re not burning fuel and contributing to greenhouse gas emissions.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal" class="MsoNormal">Local entrepreneurship fosters economic innovation and prosperity.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The success of locally owned businesses provides real-life inspiration to our young people, proving that they can stay in or return to our community to prosper.</p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal" class="MsoNormal">It is no secret that local people are caring, friendly people&hellip;your neighbors!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Our area businesses take pride in hiring the right people who are passionate about their products and services.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>By shopping local, we&rsquo;re giving them the support they&rsquo;ve earned.</p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal" class="MsoNormal">Consider that our retailers purchased their stock six months ago hoping to sell it today, pay their employees, pay their taxes, heating and cooling costs, donate to many community programs, and hopefully pay themselves.</p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal" class="MsoNormal">I believe I mentioned before how blessed we are in Edwards County with so many great stores, products and services.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>We have a variety of unique shops and products that are an integral part of the distinctive character of our area.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>By choosing to support local businesses you help maintain our diverse distinct character.</p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal" class="MsoNormal">And if all these reasons haven&rsquo;t convinced you to shop at our local businesses, consider this.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>When you shop in another community, you are helping to provide all the wonderful benefits I mentioned for someone else&rsquo;s community.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal" class="MsoNormal">So the next time someone asks, &ldquo;why does this town have this or that town have that?&rdquo;<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Think about where you are spending your money and you just might have the answer.</p> <p align="center" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:center;line-height:normal" class="MsoNormal">###</p> <p 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</xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style> <![endif]--> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style=""><span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></b>The Board of County Commissioners of Edwards County passed a resolution at their Monday, February 14 meeting that will ask voters to increase the countywide sales tax by 3/8<sup>th</sup> of a cent or .375% in order to fund Economic Development in Edwards County.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Economic Development is an essential service in communities that exists to stimulate economic growth and development resulting in increased revenues for city and county governments.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Without economic development our communities would surely plummet quickly into extinction.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>This agency also acts as a watchdog for critical issues that affect our communities and citizens and facilitates planning for the future.<span style="">&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal">Economic Development in Edwards County promotes our communities for tourism and growth and spearheads project that improves the quality of life for our residents.</p> <p style="text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal">No matter how important one feels economic development is, the question that remains is how should it be funded?<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Currently the agency is primarily funded through allocations from County and City governments in Edwards County.</p> <p style="text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="">&nbsp;</span>For 2011 the agency will receive $40,000 from the County, $4,800 from the City of Kinsley and $500 from the City of Belpre.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The total of $45,300 is just a few thousand more than the $41,000 the agency received 10 years ago in 2001.</p> <p style="text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal">The majority of these allocations go to fund the salary and benefits of the Director which is the only employee of Economic Development.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>In 2008, the Economic Development Board of Directors negotiated an agreement with Edwards County that would make the Director an employee of the County.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>This was done in order to be able to offer a competitive benefit package in order to attract qualified applicants for the job.</p> <p style="text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal">However, since the cost of county benefits and salary exceeds the allocation given by the County, the agency must fundraise in order to pay back the county for the excess costs of this employee.</p> <p style="text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal">The 2011 budget for Economic Development is as follows:<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Salary - $36,040, County Benefits - $25,000, Rent/Utilities - $3,160, Travel - $3,300, and Supplies/Miscellaneous - $4,553.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The total budget for 2011 is $72,053.</p> <p style="text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal">The current funding level is not adequate to meet operational expenses while accommodating growth of the program.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Since the board and staff of economic development must raise the additional funds to meet expenses, the direction of the program is being dictated by possibilities for funding rather than the needs of the county and a significant amount of time is being spent on planning and implementation of these fundraising activities rather than on community planning.</p> <p style="text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal">An additional stable funding source is needed that is adequate to meet current and future needs of the program.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Without significant changes to the program there will not be enough funding to sustain our Economic Development program past October of this year.</p> <p style="text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal">After much consideration, the Economic Development Board decided the only solution to this problem was to completely change the method of funding the program from government allocations to sales tax.</p> <p style="text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal">Funding through sales tax is a more fair tax as it will spread the burden of funding the program to all residents of the county as well as visitors to the county who make purchases here.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>With the current method of funding the burden is primarily placed on property owners and business owners.</p> <p style="text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal">Funding through sales tax will provide adequate funding with room for growth whereas the current allocation leaves the program with a $30,000 budget shortfall.</p> <p style="text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal">A sales tax funding system for Economic Development will provide an incentive for the program to work harder for the citizenry.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The more success the program has in bringing in new business and visitors, the more funding they will receive.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>With the current funding system, it doesn&rsquo;t matter what success is made, the program receives the same or similar allocation.</p> <p style="text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal">A sales tax funding system will make the agency more accountable as well.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>When the economy dips and our citizens must cut back, the agency will also have to do the same due to lower sales tax revenues.</p> <p style="text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal">Finally, switching from an allocation basis of funding to a sales tax funding system will reduce spending of the County and Cities by over $45,000 and allow the governments to apply this funding to other crucial areas or lower their budgetary requirements.</p> <p style="text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal">The question on the April 5 election ballot will ask the citizens to raise the current sales tax by 3/8<sup>th</sup> of a cent or .375%.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>This would raise approximately $87,000 based on figures for 2009 revenues.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>This amount would also accommodate the 2011 budget of $72,053 with room for growth and the possibility of establishing a fund to provide business incentives.</p> <p style="text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal">The sales tax increase will be virtually unnoticeable to local shoppers at less than half a cent per $1.00 or just $.38 per $100 spent.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>This will not adversely affect any county businesses as there are no big ticket items like automobiles sold in the county.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Even the purchase of a $1000 refrigerator would only cost the shopper an additional $3.75 in sales tax.</p> <p style="text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal">This increase will not affect manufacturing or farmers as they are not required to pay sales tax on items used to produce their end product.</p> <p style="text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal">If the sales tax increase passes in April the new rate in Kinsley would be 8.675% and in the rest of Edwards County it would be 7.675%.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>This rate will still remain comparable to the rates that we pay in surrounding cities where many of us go to shop regularly.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The rate in Dodge City is currently 8.9%, Larned &ndash; 8.8%, Great Bend &ndash; 8.05%, Hays &ndash; 8.55% to 10.55% (depending on where you shop), and Wichita &ndash; 7.3%.</p> <p style="text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal">Other communities have made an investment by increasing sales tax to provide improvements to their communities and amenities for their citizens.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>And every time you shop in their community you are helping them pay for those improvements.</p> <p style="text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal">Economic Development is asking the citizens of Edwards County to make that same investment and allow those who visit here to help us improve our communities.</p> <p style="text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal">The process for passing the sales tax question began many months ago.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The current Kansas Statute regarding sales taxation only allows counties to impose up to 1%.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>However, they do allow counties to go over 1% by gaining special legislative permission.<span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>In fact, numerous Counties and Cities have gotten special permission to raise their sales tax over the statutory limit in the past.</p> <p style="text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal">Senator Ruth Teichman sponsored a bill to gain that legislative permission, Senate Bill 10.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The bill quickly went to the Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee back in January and was recommended for passage to the Senate shortly after.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>However, Teichman heard grumblings in the House that the bill could be taken hostage and allowed to die in committee or have something added to it due to a House Bill that has been introduced allowing for the reversal of the decision to impose a Statewide 1% sales tax last year.</p> <p style="text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal">However, the bill finally did pass the Senate on Thursday, February 24 and has now been sent to the House Taxation Committee.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The bill is expected to be passed before the April 5 election, however, since legislative permission was not gained before the ballots had to go to press, the question will state that the new tax will take effect pending legislative approval and fulfillment of statutory requirements.</p> <p style="text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal">If the sales tax question passes at the April 5 election, the tax will likely begin collection on July 1, 2011.</p> <p style="text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal">For more information about this issue or to request a presentation concerning the sales tax proposal, contact Linette Miller at Edwards County Economic Development at 620-659-2711, <a href="mailto:ecedc@sbcglobal.net">ecedc@sbcglobal.net</a> or visit <a 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12pt;"><span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Joint Effort Bringing CPR Training to Kinsley</span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">The Edwards County Emergency Preparedness and Edwards County Chamber of Commerce has made it possible for those individuals in Edwards County that need or would like to be certified in CPR.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Training is scheduled for March 5, 2011 (Saturday), 8:00 a.m. at the Kinsley High School</span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Cafeteria.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>This will be a 4 hour course provided by Cannonball Trail Chapter America Red Cross.</span></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Certification upon completion of skills and testing will be provided.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The initial cost per person is 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class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Edwards County Economic Development is looking for community members that would be interested in helping organize an all-school reunion for Kinsley High School.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>So far we have five alumni members who would like to work on the committee.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>We can use all the help we can get as the initial gathering of alumni information will be a large task.<span style="">&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Anyone who is interested in helping should contact Linette Miller at 620-659-2711 or <a href="mailto:ecedc@sbcglobal.net">ecedc@sbcglobal.net</a>.<span 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hosting a Community Meeting on Tuesday, January 11, at 7:00 PM at the City of Kinsley Meeting Room at 721 Marsh Ave.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The purpose of the meeting is to inform the public about progress that has been made by the Economic Development Office in finding a replacement for our Duckwall Store.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>&ldquo;I have heard many rumors about the situation and I would prefer that the community receives accurate information about the subject rather than relying on the rumor mill,&rdquo;<span style="">&nbsp; </span>said Linette Miller, Economic Development Director.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>In addition, they would like to guage public interest in starting a non-affiliated variety store, Miller said.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>&ldquo;Our community has a choice to make.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>We can continue to work on recruitment of another corporately owned store, however this may take some time to accomplish.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Our other choices are for a local individual to start their own variety store, a group of local investors could put up the money to start a store, or we can look for individuals in neighboring communities that have non-affiliated variety stores who would be willing to open another store in our community,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The Economic Development Office has been working diligently toward finding a solution to this problem.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>&ldquo;However, we need to find out what direction the community wants us to go,&rdquo; Miller said.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span 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wrote about all the projects we have been working on over the last year.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The development of our Strategic Plan and many of the other initiatives we have started are meant to lay the ground work for projects we hope to accomplish in the future.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Below are projects that we are planning to begin working on over the next year.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst"><span style="font-family: Symbol;"><span style="">&middot;<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><b style="">Community Visioning &ndash; </b>The EPA is granting technical assistance to help communities vision what they want their economy to be based on in the future.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Then they will make suggestions for codes, ordinances and infrastructure improvements to support this vision.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>We are looking into the possibility of applying for this technical assistance.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="font-family: Symbol;"><span style="">&middot;<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><b style="">Brownfields Development &ndash;</b> There are a few areas in the county that would be prime pieces of real estate for businesses development if the ground or other contamination could be cleaned up.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>We will be looking at the programs available at the state and federal level to aid us in cleaning up some of these properties which would allow for increase business recruitment and development in those areas.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="font-family: 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built environment through the proposed Kinsley Walking Trail project.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>At this point we have raised almost $18,000 for the project and hope to receive notification on the final funding of $64,000 in the next few months.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>We have also begun looking at the safety of our walking and biking residents and the feasibility of adding biking lanes and additional sidewalks to link the new trail to other areas of the community including downtown. <span style="">&nbsp;</span>We are also looking at the aesthetics of the highway areas the run through our towns and possible solutions to slowing down traffic and enticing travelers to stop.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="font-family: Symbol;"><span style="">&middot;<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><b style="">Tourism &ndash; </b>Our Tourism Task Force is working on setting goals for their work in the county. <span style="">&nbsp;</span>However, we have discussed the possibility of adding signage to direct traffic to shopping, attractions, and recreation in our communities.<span style="">&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-indent: 0.5in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle">Another topic that will be considered is creating opportunities around existing activities like ball games or meetings that bring visitors to the area.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>We are looking at strategies that encourage these individuals to spend the day in the area visiting attractions, restaurants and retail shops.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>We will also be looking at the use of technology like smart phones and their applications as a method of promoting tourism in the county.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="font-family: Symbol;"><span style="">&middot;<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><b style="">Housing &ndash; </b>We have established a group of individuals that are interested in increasing housing options in our county.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>This group will begin meeting in 2011 and looking at available programs, resources and funding options as well as partnerships with our communities to achieve their goal.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>We cannot grow our communities if we have no where for new people to live.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>This issue impacts everything in economic development.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Businesses cannot recruit qualified staff if they can&rsquo;t find a place to live and we cannot recruit new businesses if they cannot find workers.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="font-family: Symbol;"><span style="">&middot;<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><b style="">Business Services &ndash;</b> We will continue to offer services and training to entrepreneurs hoping to open a business as well as offer increased services to existing businesses.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>We plan to facilitate a seminar on marketing and other topics that may be of interest to businesses.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>In addition we hope to begin a regular newsletter for businesses that includes resources, events, training and other information of interest to existing businesses.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>We also hope to continue to support our primary employers with resources that promote growth and add jobs to our community.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="font-family: Symbol;"><span style="">&middot;<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><b style="">Workforce Development &ndash;</b> Unlike many areas of the country, we do not have a high number of unemployed workers.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Rather our employers are plagued with the problem of finding qualified workers for their businesses.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>We are hoping to organize a career fair for junior/senior high students showcasing not only traditional educational opportunities, but technical and vocational opportunities.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>We plan to explore ways to foster the entrepreneurial spirit among our young people as a method of increasing the number of youth who stay in our communities and open their own businesses.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>In addition we are exploring the possibility of organizing regular all school reunions as a way to bring large numbers of people to town but also as an opportunity to entice those who have roots here to move back to the area.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="font-family: Symbol;"><span style="">&middot;<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><b style="">Retail Opportunities &ndash;</b> We plan to continue looking at ways to increase the range of retail products that are available to residents in the area by recruiting retail businesses and working with existing businesses to increase their product lines to include those things we travel out of town for.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="font-family: Symbol;"><span style="">&middot;<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><b style="">Funding &ndash;</b> We are looking at several programs to increase funding for business startups and expansions as well as non-profits and other community development projects.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>One option that is being considered is becoming an E-Community.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>This program, offered through Network Kansas allows communities to raise capital for business startups and expansions through the sale of State Tax Credits.<span style="">&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-indent: 0.5in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle">We are also always looking at grant funding resources and paring those with needs of the county whether it be recreational, infrastructure or human services.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>We are already working with the Hospital, the City of Kinsley, and the City of Offerle with acquiring funding to support needing infrastructure improvements.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>We are also looking into funding for the Palace Theater, National Foundation for Carnival Heritage, the Kinsley Golf Club</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-indent: 0.5in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast">We are also proposing a 3/8<sup>th</sup> cent countywide sales tax to fund economic development services.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>This proposal would allow for increased funding and program growth.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>In addition, it would relieve some of the tax burden from property owners to include all residents and visitors who make purchases in the county.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Residents of the county will have the opportunity to approve this investment in our future growth and prosperity when they vote in the April 2011 election.</p> Economic Development - Helping Our Community Grow 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text-indent: 0.5in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoNormal">But whenever I get discouraged I remember advice passed along to me from JoAnn Knight, Dodge City/Ford County Economic Development Director.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>She says that economic development is a series of small accomplishments that build on one another.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Coming from a county that CNN says has the healthiest economy in the nation, I take her advice seriously.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-indent: 0.5in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoNormal">She also points out that projects like Boothill Casino and the Special Events Center that are driving much of their development success today were projects she began working on over 15 years ago.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Back in the early 1990&rsquo;s, residents of Dodge City envisioned what they wanted for their community and made an investment in their future by passing the &ldquo;Why Not Dodge&rdquo; sales tax initiative and by forming a committee to begin work on bringing in a casino.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-indent: 0.5in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoNormal">Looking back over the last two years I feel the board and staff of Economic Development have laid a foundation and begun taking small steps toward realizing a county with greater economic stability and prosperity.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-indent: 0.5in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoNormal">I would like to take this opportunity to look back on the successes of the last year and summarize some of the ongoing projects we have been working on.</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.25in; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst"><span style="font-family: Symbol;"><span style="">&middot;<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><b style="">Office</b> &ndash; we relocated our office in late 2009 and now maintain regular office hours from Monday to Friday.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>We have also had a logo designed and now have signage that makes us more visible to the community and to visitors.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Our office is often used as a central point of contact for many services like the Weatherization Program, Chamber information and was even appointed the County contact for the 2010 Census.</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.25in; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="font-family: Symbol;"><span style="">&middot;<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><b style="">Take Charge Challenge </b>&ndash; I was the co-facilitator for this energy conservation contest in Kinsley.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>We took third place out of 6 communities that participated.</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.25in; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="font-family: Symbol;"><span style="">&middot;<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><a href="../../../"><b style="">www.edwardscounty.org</b></a> &ndash; We designed, populated and continue to update the Edwards County website.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The site has a wealth of information from City/County government information, a community calendar used to inform people of upcoming events and meetings in the community as well as provide a resource for those who are planning events, visitor information, business directory, local news and much more.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Check it out!</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.25in; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="font-family: Symbol;"><span style="">&middot;<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><b style="">Strategic Plan</b> &ndash; We facilitated community visioning sessions and wrote a comprehensive Strategic Plan for Economic Development in Edwards County.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>We are continually working on action steps in each of the key areas of focus:<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Business, Improving County Image, and Housing.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>To date we have completed or are working on 27 of the 50 action steps written into the plan.</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.25in; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="font-family: Symbol;"><span style="">&middot;<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><b style="">Leadership </b>&ndash; Worked with the Extension office to re-establish the Edwards County Leadership Enhancement Series Training in order to begin cultivation of new leaders in the county.</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.25in; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="font-family: Symbol;"><span style="">&middot;<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><b style="">Established a Community Nonprofit<span style="">&nbsp; </span></b>- Since Economic Development has broadened their scope of work to include many charitable activities we need to establish ourselves as a 501(c)3 organization with the IRS in order to be eligible for most grant opportunities that fund community development activities.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Over the last year we have formed the Edwards County Community Development Foundation for the purpose of carrying out charitable community development activities including applying for funding for those projects.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>We have become incorporated with the State of Kansas, formed Bylaws and applied for non-profit status with the IRS.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>That application is still pending at the present time.</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.25in; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="font-family: Symbol;"><span style="">&middot;<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><b style="">County Revolving Loan Program </b>&ndash; Over the last year we took over the administration of this program for the county.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>In addition we publicizing it to local entrepreneurs and businesses looking to start or expand their businesses, we have assisted three businesses in preparing applications over the last year.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Two of those businesses had their applications reviewed by a committee of local designees and were approved for funding by the County Commission.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Save U A Trip was able to expand their business and Doni Kay&rsquo;s Caf&eacute; opened for business last month.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Our office continues to monitor and administer these loans.</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.25in; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><span style="font-family: Symbol;"><span style="">&middot;<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><b style="">Business Retention<span style="">&nbsp; </span></b>- The board of directors and staff have developed a Business retention survey and the staff have been working hard to visit area businesses in order to assess their current and future needs and provide on-going assistance for their continued growth and expansion.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>To date we have surveyed a total of 20 businesses in the county.<span 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am a Certified Grant Administrator for Community Development Block Grant program.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>I have written 12 grants over the last year and have been awarded a total of $62,449 of funding for various projects and organizations in the county.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>There is $106,000 of funding that is currently pending approval.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>We have also been working closely with the Hospital and the City of Kinsley on grants that we hope to apply for in 2011 that, if awarded, would provide approximately $500,000 worth of infrastructure in the county.</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.25in; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast"><span style="font-family: Symbol;"><span style="">&middot;<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><b style="">Economic Development Funding </b>&ndash; In order to continue to grow as a program and 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mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style> <![endif]--> <p align="center" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center; line-height: normal;" class="MsoNormal"><b style="">TAKE THE $100 CHALLENGE<o:p></o:p></b></p> <p align="center" style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: center; line-height: normal;" class="MsoNormal"><b style="">SHOP LOCAL FOR HOLIDAY GIFTS AND EVERYDAY<o:p></o:p></b></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;" class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p style="margin: 1.35pt 0.25in 0.0001pt 9pt; text-align: justify; line-height: normal;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>As the Holiday Season approaches it is important to remember to do as much shopping in Edwards County as possible.<span style="">&nbsp; </span><span style="">What locally owned businesses would you miss if they disappeared?<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Your purchases are what keep those businesses around!<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 1.35pt 0.25in 0.0001pt 9pt; text-align: justify; text-indent: 27pt; line-height: normal;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="">If every household in Edwards County would pledge to spend $100 more each month in locally owned businesses, it would generate $1,746,000 in revenue.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Statistics show that $68 out of every $100 spent locally, stays in Edwards County, equaling $1,187,280.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 1.35pt 0.25in 0.0001pt 9pt; text-align: justify; text-indent: 27pt; line-height: normal;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="">Here are the top ten reasons to shop local today and everyday:<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 1.35pt 0.25in 0.0001pt 0.5in; text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style=""><span style="">1.<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><b style=""><span style="">Money Spent Local, Stays Local</span></b><span style=""> &ndash; When you shop in our community you simultaneously create jobs, fund more services like education and health and safety services through taxes, invest in neighborhood improvement and promote community development.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 1.35pt 0.25in 0.0001pt 0.5in; text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style=""><span style="">2.<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><b style=""><span style="">Local Businesses Contribute to the Community</span></b><span style=""> &ndash; Ninety-one percent of local business owners contribute to their community, including schools, nonprofits and community groups, by volunteering and making donations.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>How can you expect area businesses to support your cause if you don&rsquo;t support them?<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 1.35pt 0.25in 0.0001pt 0.5in; text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style=""><span style="">3.<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><b style=""><span style="">Local Businesses Provide Jobs</span></b><span style=""> &ndash; Supporting our own local businesses means you&rsquo;re helping to secure jobs and opportunities for your neighbors, family and community.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>These employees in turn spend in the local economy.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 1.35pt 0.25in 0.0001pt 0.5in; text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style=""><span style="">4.<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><b style=""><span style="">Shopping Local Saves You Money</span></b><span style=""> &ndash; Choosing to shop local saves you fuel costs, meals and shipping fees if shopping online, not to mention long line-ups, traffic, weather, and travel time which equates to money saved.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 1.35pt 0.25in 0.0001pt 0.5in; text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style=""><span style="">5.<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><b style=""><span style="">Lower Environmental Impact</span></b><span style=""> &ndash; Reduce your environmental footprint.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Shopping local means you&rsquo;re not burning fuel and contributing to greenhouse gas emissions.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Everything you need is right here in our own backyard.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 1.35pt 0.25in 0.0001pt 0.5in; text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style=""><span style="">6.<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><b style=""><span style="">Entrepreneurship</span></b><span style=""> &ndash; Local entrepreneurship fosters economic innovation and prosperity.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The success of locally owned businesses provides real-life inspiration to our young people, proving that they can stay in or return to our community to prosper.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 1.35pt 0.25in 0.0001pt 0.5in; text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style=""><span style="">7.<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><b style=""><span style="">Get Better Service</span></b><span style=""> &ndash; It is no secret that local people are caring, friendly people&hellip;your neighbors!<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Our area businesses take pride in hiring the right people who are passionate about their products and services.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>By shopping local, we&rsquo;re giving them the support they&rsquo;ve earned.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 1.35pt 0.25in 0.0001pt 0.5in; text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style=""><span style="">8.<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><b style=""><span style="">Consider What Our Retailers Face</span></b><span style=""> &ndash; They purchased their stock six months ago hoping to sell it today, pay their employees, pay their taxes, heating and cooling costs, donate to many community programs, and hopefully pay themselves.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 1.35pt 0.25in 0.0001pt 0.5in; text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style=""><span style="">9.<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><b style=""><span style="">Lots of Great Products &amp; Services</span></b><span style=""> &ndash; There over 100 businesses and organizations that are listed in our local Business Directory (</span><a href="../../../"><span style="">www.edwardscounty.org</span></a><span style="">); with so many great stores, products and services the choices are endless.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 1.35pt 0.25in 0.0001pt 0.5in; text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style=""><span style="">10.<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><b style=""><span style="">Keep Our Community Unique</span></b><span style=""> &ndash; We have a variety of unique specialty shops and products that are an integral part of the distinctive character of our area.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>By choosing to support local businesses you help maintain our diverse, distinct character.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 1.35pt 0.25in 0.0001pt 0.5in; text-align: justify; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast"><span style=""><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 1.35pt 0.25in 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; text-indent: 0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="">You may be thinking, &ldquo;This is a great idea, but I can&rsquo;t get the gifts I need here.&rdquo;<span style="">&nbsp; </span>You CAN get great gifts right here in Edwards County.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Aside from the obvious gift stores, antiques, &amp; other shopping venues here, I have come up with a few gift ideas:<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 1.35pt 0.25in 0.0001pt 0.75in; text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol;"><span style="">&middot;<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="">What to get that kid who has way too many toys already?<span style="">&nbsp; </span>How about opening a savings account at your local bank or purchasing a savings bond.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 1.35pt 0.25in 0.0001pt 0.75in; text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol;"><span style="">&middot;<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="">Gift Certificates are always a great gift.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>How about one for a favorite coffee spot or local restaurant.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Or what about a massage or manicure/pedicure?<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 1.35pt 0.25in 0.0001pt 0.75in; text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol;"><span style="">&middot;<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="">Everyone loves a movie.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Gifts Certificates for the Theater or for video rentals are a great gift for people of any age.<span style="">&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 1.35pt 0.25in 0.0001pt 0.75in; text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol;"><span style="">&middot;<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="">Make up a gift basket with little things you know the person loves&hellip;.or better yet, call the local basket store and let them do it for you.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 1.35pt 0.25in 0.0001pt 0.75in; text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol;"><span style="">&middot;<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="">Flowers say I love you.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Buy a locally grown poinsettia or a gift certificate for starter plants when spring rolls around.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 1.35pt 0.25in 0.0001pt 0.75in; text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol;"><span style="">&middot;<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="">What to get for the person who has everything?<span style="">&nbsp; </span>What about a gift certificate for groceries or gas?<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Everyone uses those things.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 1.35pt 0.25in 0.0001pt 0.75in; text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol;"><span style="">&middot;<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="">Pick up your friend&rsquo;s favorite bottle of wine or spirits.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 1.35pt 0.25in 0.0001pt 0.75in; text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol;"><span style="">&middot;<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="">Check with some of the local retailers.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>They can order items for you like electronics or other things they may not normally stock.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 1.35pt 0.25in 0.0001pt 0.75in; text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol;"><span style="">&middot;<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="">Cell phones or upgrades to wireless services make great gifts for your kids, your spouse, or your parents.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 1.35pt 0.25in 0.0001pt 0.75in; text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol;"><span style="">&middot;<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="">Make a donation to your local library, favorite charity or museum in a friend&rsquo;s name.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 1.35pt 0.25in 0.0001pt 0.75in; text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol;"><span style="">&middot;<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="">Many local people make crafts, jewelry, baked goods, canned goods or other foods and sell them at craft fairs, community events or farmer&rsquo;s markets.<span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Contact these individuals and ask them to make something for that special friend or relative.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 1.35pt 0.25in 0.0001pt 0.75in; text-align: justify; text-indent: -0.25in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol;"><span style="">&middot;<span style="font: 7pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><!--[endif]--><span style="">Give Chamber Bucks!!<span style="">&nbsp; </span>These can be spent like cash at any Edwards County business including your plumber, handyman or other service provider (except liquor stores).<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 1.35pt 0.25in 0.0001pt 0.75in; text-align: justify; line-height: normal;" class="MsoListParagraphCxSpLast"><span style=""><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p style="margin: 1.35pt 0.25in 0.0001pt 0in; text-align: justify; text-indent: 0.5in; line-height: normal;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="">For more information about how you can help save your local economy contact Edwards County Economic Development Corporation at 620-659-2711.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Check out our Community Calendar for information about local events at www.edwardscounty.org.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Store Closing Presents Opportunity http://www.edwardscounty.orghttp://www.edwardscounty.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=487 <meta 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Kinsley.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The release states that this is an effort to redeploy the capital from those stores into higher-return ALCO Stores.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Edwards County Economic Development is working to replace this shopping venue for the community by contacting similar store chains that serve the same market as Duckwall.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>However, attracting a similar store may not be the best solution for our community.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Although a chain will provide jobs and sales tax revenues to the community, their profits are sent to corporate headquarters rather than staying local.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>This store closing presents a wonderful opportunity for a local entrepreneur interested in providing variety store merchandise.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>A local owner would allow for local control and the profits would stay in the community.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; line-height: normal;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Anyone interested in exploring this opportunity should contact Linette Miller at Edwards County Economic Development at 620-659-2711.</p> Fair Theme Contest http://www.edwardscounty.orghttp://www.edwardscounty.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=90 The Edwards County Fair Board is once again sponsoring the Theme Contest for the Edwards County Fair.&nbsp; The contest is open to any Edwards County youth 7 to 18 years of age as of 1/1/10.&nbsp; The contest rules are as follows:<br /> 1.&nbsp; The slogan mustnot exceed 12 words and must include 2010 or '10 and Edwards County Fair.<br /> 2.&nbsp; All slogans must be original and become the property of the Edwards County Fair Association.<br /> 3.&nbsp; Only one entry per perso will be accepted.<br /> 4.&nbsp; Type or print your slogan on a piece of 8 1/2&quot; x 11&quot; paper.&nbsp; On the back of the paper include:&nbsp; your name, age, address, parent's name and phone number.<br /> <br /> Send all entries to the Edwards County Fair Board, P.O. Box 61, Kinsley, Kansas 67547 by March 1st.<br /> Simple Ways to Save the Economy http://www.edwardscounty.orghttp://www.edwardscounty.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=84 <meta content="text/html; charset=utf-8" http-equiv="Content-Type" /> <meta content="Word.Document" name="ProgId" /> <meta content="Microsoft Word 9" name="Generator" /> <meta content="Microsoft Word 9" name="Originator" /> <link href="file:///C:/DOCUME~1/FREDBU~1.001/LOCALS~1/Temp/msoclip1/01/clip_filelist.xml" rel="File-List" /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:DoNotOptimizeForBrowser /> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><style type="text/css"> <!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:Wingdings; panose-1:5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0; mso-font-charset:2; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:0 268435456 0 0 -2147483648 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; 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</span></b>I was recently given an interesting flier put out by an organization called the 3/50 Project.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The idea that was conveyed was to save your local economy three stores at a time.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>It suggests that you can save the brick and mortars our nation is built on by implementing this simple idea; Pick 3 locally owned stores, Spend $50, and Save your local economy.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Here is some statistical information provided about that idea:</p> <p style="margin-left: 0.75in; text-indent: -0.25in;" class="MsoNormal"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol;">&middot;<span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]-->Think about which three independently owned businesses you&rsquo;d miss most if they were gone.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Stop in and say hello.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Pick up a little something that will make someone smile.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Your contribution is what keeps those businesses around.</p> <p style="margin-left: 0.75in; text-indent: -0.25in;" class="MsoNormal"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol;">&middot;<span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]-->If just half the employed U.S. population spent $50 each month in independently owned businesses, their purchases would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Imagine the positive impact if &frac34; of the employed population did that.</p> <p style="margin-left: 0.75in; text-indent: -0.25in;" class="MsoNormal"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: Symbol;">&middot;<span style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><!--[endif]-->For every $100 spent in independently owned stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and expenditures.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>If you spend that in a national chain, only $43 stays here.<span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Spend it online and nothing comes home.</p> <p style="text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal">If you like this idea you can get more information about it at <a href="http://www.the350project.net/">www.the350project.net</a></p> <p style="text-indent: 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal">I also recently read an email that was forwarded to me that suggested we all check the labels of the items we purchase; from canned goods to cleaning supplies.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The email author suggested that many times you can purchase a product Made in the USA that is of comparable value and cost as those made in other countries.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>It is an interesting idea to try and can only help to save the jobs of our fellow Americans.</p> Edwards County Strategic Planning Retreat http://www.edwardscounty.orghttp://www.edwardscounty.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=83 <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8"> <meta name="ProgId" content="Word.Document"> <meta name="Generator" content="Microsoft Word 9"> <meta name="Originator" content="Microsoft Word 9"> <link rel="File-List" href="file:///C:/DOCUME~1/FREDBU~1.001/LOCALS~1/Temp/msoclip1/01/clip_filelist.xml" /><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:DoNotOptimizeForBrowser /> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><style type="text/css"> <!-- /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} --> </style> <p class="MsoNormal">Edwards County Economic Development Corporation is hosting a Strategic Planning Retreat to be held on Monday, February 1, at 5:30 PM at their office at 108 E. 6<sup>th</sup> Street, Kinsley.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The retreat is open to any resident of Edwards County who would like to be involved in writing a strategic plan that will guide economic and community development activities for the next 3 to 5 years.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>&ldquo;We have gone through the process of making an inventory of assets and of weak areas.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Now we will be working on developing specific goals and objectives and action steps to meet those goals,&rdquo; said Linette Miller, Executive Director.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>The retreat facilitator will be Joyce Webb of the Center for Community Research and Development at Wichita State University.<span style="">&nbsp; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>&ldquo;This entire process is being funded through a Compassion Kansas Grant through Wichita State University,&rdquo; said Miller.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>She said the purpose of these grants is to provide technical assistance and funds to help non-profit organizations improve their function so that they can compete against larger organizations for funding.</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent: 0.5in;">The retreat will likely last until 9:00 or 9:30 PM.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>An evening meal will be provided so those wishing to participate are asked to RSVP to Miller at 620-659-2711 by Friday, January 29.</p> </meta> </meta> </meta> </meta> January 29, 2010 is KANSAS DAY!!! http://www.edwardscounty.orghttp://www.edwardscounty.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=82 The 129th Birthday of the State of Kansas is on Friday, January 29, 2010.&nbsp; Explore some of our history at the following sites:<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.kshs.org/teachers/fieldtrips/kansasday/index.htm">Kansas Day Page at Kansas Museum of History</a><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.kshs.org/teachers/classroom/kansasday.htm">Kansas Day in the Classroom</a><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.kancoll.org/voices/1997/0197kday.htm"><em>Voices, </em>Kansas Day Collection of Writings</a><br /> <br /> <a href="http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/today/jan29.html">Library of Congress:&nbsp; Kansas Day</a> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> ECHO Receives Award from KDHE http://www.edwardscounty.orghttp://www.edwardscounty.org/modules/news.htm?newsId=81 Connie Watkins, Coordinator for the Edwards County Health Organization, accepted an award on January 21st at the Chronic Disease Risk Reduction Summit in Salina.&nbsp; She was awarded a plaque for &quot;Outstanding Grantee&quot; for the Southwest Kansas Region by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.&nbsp; Congratulations Connie!&nbsp; You deserve it!<br />