Stafford County Economic Development is sponsoring nine Stafford County students to participate in the 3rd annual Central Kansas Youth Entrepreneurship Competition (CKYEC) that will be held at the Kinsley Junior/Senior High School Auditorium. Five of those students are competing as one team, and the other four as individuals. Edwards County Economic Development is hosting this year’s event with the NetWork Kansas E-Community Partnership.
“This year we opened the competition to junior high students,” said Ashlee Bevan, Program Director for Stafford County Economic Development. “We had some interest from some of our students that participate in 4-H that piqued our interest in expanding the age group eligible for participation. We also felt that if a junior high student is ready for a public speaking competition like this, we shouldn’t hold them back from the opportunity to gain the experience.”
Last year, Hodgeman County Economic Development hosted the 2nd annual event at the King Center in Jetmore. $1,750 in cash prizes were awarded. One of the top three business plans was from Stafford High School students promoting their business idea of Scan from the Past.
By Monday, February 26th, each student or team must submit an executive summary through the Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Portal online. The competition on Tuesday, March 13th will consist of a four-minute pitch to a panel of judges, followed by questions. The students will be competing against each other for $1,750 in prize money. The 1st place winner will receive $1,000 and a guaranteed spot in the State Competition in Manhattan in April. The 2nd place prize is $500 and 3rd place receives $250. The students’ work will be judged by local entrepreneurs, public sector partners, teachers, or other adults. An optional tradeshow competition is available to all participants competing in the day-long event.
This year, students from Edwards, Hodgeman, Ness, Pawnee and Stafford counties are eligible to participate in the event.
The annual YEC series culminates in a statewide championship, where the top students from 31 local competitions will face off against each other for $18,000 in prize money and other honors. The 2018 statewide championship will be held on April 24th in Manhattan at Kansas State University.
For more information visit http://www.edwardscounty.org/YEC, http://www.networkkansas.com/ecommunities/youth/youth-entrepreneurship-challenge, email Ashlee at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 620-549-3527.
Stafford County Economic Development is excited to announce the timeline for opening the Stafford County Marketplace that will be located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 281 and 5th Avenue in St. John, Kansas. This initiative is a unique partnership in which Stafford County Economic Development, a 501 c(3) non-profit is the developer utilizing support from the City of St. John, US Department of Health and Human Services, NetWork Kansas, Sunflower Foundation, SJN Bank of Kansas, St. John IOOF Lodge, Golden Belt Telephone, and contributions from families in St. John.
White’s Foodliner will be the grocery operator and provide a convenience store aspect and fuel pumps. In addition, Stafford County Drug will be in the southern portion of the building with drive-thru access. The building will have two entrances to serve all of three of these aspects.
Eco Devo hired J.A. Knight & Sons out of Pratt for general contracting services. Their construction timeline is as follows:
When is the old building going to be torn down?
As most of you know, Stafford County Economic Development purchased the site where LJ & J Automotive had been for several years as a location for constructing a new grocery store. In order to carry out this project, federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be used, as well as a possible loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a portion of costs. These federal funds come with requirements to ensure that the funding is not being used in conflict with other federal programs, regulations, or local comprehensive planning. In the case of this project, we have to go through a process to demonstrate that neither the demolition of the existing building, nor the new construction, would violate any of these requirements. We have to notify a number of entities who have an opportunity to either protest the plan or require that mitigating measures be taken. Therefore, we are going through a process of notifying the below tribes and agencies of the project.
Here's a list of the tribes we've had to contact to proceed:
Here's a list of the agencies we've had to contact to proceed:
As of the writing of this article, we have written consent from KS Historical Society, but are waiting on an answer from KS Department of Health and Environment for demolition. An asbestos inspector has inspected the premises and we are waiting on those results as well. Others on the list will need to respond within a prescribed period of time related to construction. We hope the building will be demolished by the end of 2017. Construction is expected to begin in early 2018.
***This does not prohibit us from tearing down the building or proceeding with construction, it simply means we have to go through a process and adhere to requirements to get to those exciting steps.
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