County Commissioners provided remaining funding generatred by 1 mil as a grant to Stafford County Economic Development to begin operations independently (approx. $41,000).
Stafford County was designated as a Rural Renewal Zone.
The Interfaith Housing organization was introduced to the Stafford County public.
Chosen as a Kansas Center for Entrepreneurship (NetWork KS) entrepreneurship community which authorized the County to sell $100,000 in Kansas Income Tax Credits.
Occupied a booth at the Stafford Oktoberfest
Hosted three seminars on business creation through the Kansas Small Business Development Center
Stafford County received a national award for work in economic development. Stafford County Farm Bureau (key supporter in starting EcoDevo) was chosen as a "County of Excellence" by the American Farm Bureau Federation based on their leadership and innovative projects they sponsored during the year (entrepreneurship contest and entrepreneurship camp).
Governing Board was established consisting of: Fairrah Haberman, President Mary Jo Taylor, Vice President Barb Alpers, Secretary Chad Fisher, Treasurer Ned Oak, Member Brian Anshutz, Member Terry Spradley, Member
Established as a Kansas Not-for-Profit Corporation which significantly expanded funding opportunities, provided the Board with clear aurthority, and allowed funds to be carried from one year to the next.
Articles of Incorporation became certified by the State of Kansas
Established as a Legal Business Entity in the State of Kansas
Stafford County was designated as a Rural Opportunity Zone by the Kansas Legislature
Recorded the first segment of "Focus on Stafford County" with Steve Webster on 1590 KVGB
Filled a booth at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson featuring Stafford County
The first Rural Opportunity Zone recipients moved to St. John
A three-day entrepreneurship camp was hosted for 5th - 9th grade students.
The first annual entrepreneurship competition was held at the Stafford County Fair.
The 1st annual photography contest was held at the Stafford County fair for residents to capture what it's like to Live, Work and Play in Stafford County.
Carolyn Dunn was hired as the full-time Executive Director as an employee of Stafford County on the 1st.
Courthouse Annex 210 E. 3rd PO Box 233 St. John, KS 67576