Stafford County Drug opened in the Business Incubator that EcoDevo purchased in the spring. SCD will occupy this space until the grocery store is constructed, at which time they will relocate there.
Helped promote the fourth match day ($60,000 in funds) for Golden Belt Community Foundation's Giving Tuesday.
Registered Stafford County for the 3rd annual Central Kansas Entrepreneurship Competition that will take place in March 2018. By EcoDevo registering Stafford County, this allowed any SF Co. junior high or high school student to compete in the competition.
Eco Devo hosted a St. John City Council Candidate Forum in the Community Room of the County Annex two weeks before election.
Eco Devo was notified they received $780,800 from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to further the development of the grocery store project. Funding will be used for construction of a new grocery, pharmacy, and fuel center in St. John at the intersection of U.S. Highway 281 and 5th Avenue to provide fresh food and approximately 30 jobs.
The property at 207 Pleasant in Hudson that Eco Devo owns became available for sale or rent again at the end of the month.
Staff began talking with more fuel suppliers for the grocery store project.
The Program Director began planning the 2018 Central Kansas Youth Entrepreneurship Competition with surrounding counties' directors. In the mix is Edwards, Hodgeman, Ness, Pawnee and Stafford counties.
Staff attended the Stafford Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting for Simply Good Overstocks located at 101 N. Main in Stafford.
Eco Devo staff presented the aspects of a Business Plan and Cash Flow Statement to the St. John-Hudson students that are participating in the pizza business that will open again on the City Square.
The 7th annual photography contest was held at the Stafford County Fair for County residents to submit photos of what it's like to Live, Work and Play in the County.
Eco Devo staff spent the majority of the month assembling a Community Economic Development grant application to the Department of Health and Human Services for an $800,000 grant that would further the grocery store project.
Program Director, Ashlee Bevan attended the NetWork Kansas E-Community Youth Entrepreneurship Summit at Kansas State University to gather ideas in preparation for the 2018 Central Kansas Youth Entrepreneurship Competition.
Eco Devo staff presented to youth at the Stafford Summer Reading Program on what our office does for the County.
White's Foodliner signed a Letter of Intent to operate the grocery store that Economic Development plans to construct within the next year.
Staff presented inspirational speeches and a gift to Macksville, St. John and Stafford seniors at their awards banquets/ceremonies.
Golden Belt Community Foundation's Executive Director, Christy Tustin notified EcoDevo's Executive Director, Carolyn Dunn of their proposal that was accepted by the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship and the Aspen Institute to participate in the Rural Economic Development Philanthropy Innovators Network (REDPIN). This will give Tustin and Dunn the chance to analyze our local economy and apply community and economic development tools to improve our region's prospects, with a special emphasis on helping low-income families, communities and businesses do better.
Staff attended the State Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge at Fort Hays State University hosted by NetWork KS to support two Stafford High School students business idea.
Staff attended the Kansas Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge at Kansas State University to support two Stafford High School students.
A preliminary engineering report for a downtown streetscape in Stafford was completed for the City of Stafford through the Healthy Communities Initiative program through Kansas Health Foundation.
Eco Devo brought in a consultant from Wichita State University's Community Engagement Institute to meet with a Design Team about how to be more forward-thinking with strategic planning for the City of St. John's future. Members of the Design Team: Carolyn Dunn, Ashlee Bevan, Josh Meyer, Lisa Cornwell, Amy Collins, Marshall Sanders, Mark Bryant, Jamie Getty.
Staff attended the Kansas State University Entrepreneurship Department's Business Innovators Opportunity Expo to promote our Launch Pad Business Incubator.
Staff attended the Central Kansas Youth Entrepreneurship Competition in Jetmore to support the students they sponsored from Stafford High School.
Program Director, Ashlee Bevan attended the Golden Belt Community Foundation Grant Writing Workshop in Great Bend.
EcoDevo purchased land on U.S. Highway 281 and 5th Avenue in St. John for the construction of a new grocery store facility.
Mentored Stafford High School students interested in presenting business ideas at the Central Kansas Youth Entrepreneurship Competition in March out at Jetmore. EcoDevo sponsored these students to participate.
KSN News featured our development of constructing the Launch Pad Business Incubator on the news.
Staff presented what they do and how EcoDevo was established in Stafford County to the Smoky Hill Development Board of Directors in Ellsworth.
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