Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from www.wkreda.com
Left to right: Latisha Hadsell, Deli Manager; Dottie Sheets, Produce Manager; Ashlee Bevan, Stafford County EcoDevo; Joey Noland, St. John Store Manager; Rebecca Brown, Point of Sale; Greg Lehman, Meat Manager
White’s Foodliner in St. John, Kansas has been nominated for wKREDA’s Retail/Service Business of the Year by Stafford County Economic Development (SCED). When nominating the company, Ashlee Bevan of SCED said, “This new business in St. John has brought lots of grocery industry experience to the community. The White family always tells us you have to be ‘students of the business.’ We are fortunate to have this grocer running the Stafford County Marketplace.”
White’s Foodliner has a deli full of tasty ready-to-eat items, sells beautiful fresh produce, has a meat department and everything that a person could want in a grocery store – including selling products for the home.
What Customers Have to Say
The St. John community has welcomed the White family and has offered words of encouragement and rave reviews on Facebook, including:
“Everyone we have met at Whites are so nice, helpful and friendly!!! Love having the handy place to shop!!!”
“Love the staff, selection and the digital app/coupons.”
“This weekend we tried the stuffed mushrooms, the twice-baked potato and the bacon-wrapped asparagus, and crab salad.....all were delicious!!!!! And from our own home-town store!!! That's fantastic!!! Thank you!!!!!”
A Family Tradition
Western Kansas is known as a hub for entrepreneurs and leaders – people who are willing to work hard to build something great. The White family exemplifies this attitude and their expansion into St. John is a continuation of the enterprising spirit their founders, Joe and Frances White, first embodied. The company was originally established as White’s Foodliner in May of 1953 with the purchase of a grocery store in Coldwater, KS. Joe and Frances’ hard work, desire and vision for the business is the foundation that the company relies on today. Joe and Frances retired in the mid-1990’s. Joe’s love for the business was inspired by visits to his paternal grandparents in SE Kansas who operated small grocery stores in that region. After working at several stores in Dodge City, KS, and Denver, CO, he realized a dream with the purchase of his first store. Now, the White family is carrying on the tradition by expanding their stores into new markets, like the one in St. John.
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This GivingTuesday, Stafford County Economic Development is raising funds to help county residents through their programming at Workspace 311.
GivingTuesday, taking place December 3rd, is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage giving and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Founded in 2012, GivingTuesday has inspired millions of people to give back and support the causes they believe in. Globally, people mobilize to show up, give back, and change their communities: creating a massive wave of generosity that lasts well beyond that day and touches every person on the planet.
Last year, Stafford County EcoDevo joined the GivingTuesday movement as part of the Give Golden Belt campaign through Golden Belt Community Foundation. This year, Stafford County EcoDevo is focusing their campaign on a gift that keeps giving back. Workspace 311 is newly opened on Broadway in St. John. Stafford County residents can sign-up for programming at the space where gaining remote employment is the focus.
“This season, we want to focus on helping local individuals build their skills to gain remote employment. Monetary donations could help individuals go through our programming. For instance, in the prep program participants build a resume, learn to market themselves, receive online account access to take advantage of career coaching and apply for jobs that will keep them right here in Stafford County,” said Stafford County EcoDevo Program Director, Ashlee Bevan.
The cost of someone going through the prep program is around $550. A donation of $50 could help provide a year-long membership to FlexJobs. A donation of $100 could help provide a professional resume review through FlexJobs. And, a donation of $250 could help cover the cost of an individual in our remote work readiness program.
“When GivingTuesday launched in the US in 2012, we believed that technology and social media could be used to make generosity go viral,” said Asha Curran, GivingTuesday’s CEO and co-founder. “We believed in the idea that people fundamentally want to give and to talk about giving; and that the social sector had the capacity to show more innovative leadership, creativity, and collaboration. People and organizations around the world proved us right. As we prepare for December 3, we’re energized and encouraged by the community’s generosity. The levels of creativity, effort and the quality of the new ideas people have contributed and shared are phenomenal.”
Those who are interested in joining Stafford County EcoDevo’s GivingTuesday initiative can visit www.staffordecodevo.com For more details about the GivingTuesday movement, visit the GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTuesday and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on Twitter.
About Stafford County Economic Development
Stafford County Economic Development was established in 2011 through the leadership of the Stafford County Commission for the purpose of promoting economic and population growth throughout the county. Eco Devo received it's 501(c)3 non-profit status in 2013.
APPLICATION DEADLINE NOVEMBER 8, 2019
This project is made possible through funding from the Alex Robinson memorial and The Church of Jesus Christ in St. John, KS. Stafford County Economic Development is sponsoring the project as a fiscal agent.
The Church of Jesus Christ played a central role in the founding of St. John. The first settlement in what is today St. John was made in 1875 when William Bickerton of The Church of Jesus Christ founded a religious colony named Zion Valley. By 1879, Zion Valley had grown into a small town, and the residents renamed it St. John, after then governor John P. St. John, in order to gain favor in winning the county seat of Stafford County.
This project seeks to bring visual interest to the downtown area of St. John on an exterior wall overlooking a vacant lot that (separately) will be partially landscaped. The vacant lot is across the street from the historic Gray Photo Studio, which is being restored and renovated to be a community arts center.
The community of St. John is seeking artist’s proposals to bring life, energy and something unique to St. John in a way that tells about the founding of the town. In particular, the sponsor of the project seeks a visual representation of the wagon trains that brought people to the Zion Valley settlement.
WHO’S ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE
Respondents to this Call for Artists can be individuals or teams although the budget remains constant to all. An application fee is not required. Submitting artist(s) must:
EXISTING CONDITIONS AND DIMENSIONS
A photo of the site is at the bottom of this announcement. The wall measures approximately 50 feet wide and 15 feet tall. The brick is not in uniform condition and the artist should consider, and prescribe, what repairs need to be made to the wall in developing a proposal.
The total all-in project budget is $7,500 inclusive of artist’s honorarium and all costs to execute the project. $1,000 will be paid at the time of artist selection with Stafford County Economic Development and the selected artist(s) jointly establishing a payout schedule for subsequent payments. Costs of materials and supplies to execute the project can be paid upfront or purchased by selected artist then reimbursed on a pay-as-you-go basis with receipts required for all expenditures.
Artist must possess personal expertise to complete the project or be part of a team with the know-how to see the project to completion. Sub-contractors can be used but must be paid from the total project budget.
The artist will be under contract with Stafford County Economic Development to complete the project. Selected artist(s) agrees to allow Stafford County Economic Development or The Church of Jesus Christ to publish both submission images and the completed work for publicity purposes. Selected artist also agrees that the finished piece is the property of the owner of the wall, regardless of future changes in ownership, providing the property owner the right to modify or remove artwork.
SUBMISSIONS TO INCLUDE:
***INCOMPLETE SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED***
Application Period: Thursday, October 17 to Friday, November 8, 2019
A selection panel will review the submissions and select the winning proposal. The panel will include community members representing Stafford County Economic Development, David Robinson of The Church of Jesus Christ, and citizens of the City of St. John.
Selection criteria include:
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