Our VISTA’s service year has come to an end! Over the past year, Falon Runnebaum’s work has focused on housing and childcare which are crucial for developing a strong and robust workforce.

City of St. John to Contribute $65,000 to the Stafford County Child Care Committee

The City of St, John has agreed to contribute $65,000 to the Child Care Committee to bring in a modular classroom building that would allow for two daycares to operate out of it. This is enough to secure the building, but more is needed to carry out the project.

Kansas Grantmakers in Health award $10,000 in memory of Steve Coen

Stafford County Economic Development is honored to receive a $10,000 grant from the Kansas Grantmakers in Health (KGIH). This gift is in memory of KGIH’s longtime colleague and friend Steve Coen, former CEO of Kansas Heath Foundation, for his tremendous impact in helping to address come of the most pressing health challenges facing our state.

Rural Housing in Kansas Sees Improvements

An article by Dan Doering for Kansas Living published May 9, 2022.

Focus on Stafford County – April 2022

This is the audio from our monthly radio show: Focus on Stafford County. This show aired at 11:30 AM CT on Thursday, April 28, 2022. Kathleen talked about the Kansas Entrepreneurship Challenge, the Port being awarded a $2.5 million BASE Grant, and the current housing development. Falon gave an update on her AmeriCorps service year.

Stafford County Port Authority receives BASE grant

An article by Rod Zook for the Hutch Post published on April 13, 2021.

Stafford County YEC

Stafford County YEC (Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge) was held Wednesday, March 23rd, at 11:00 AM at the Stafford County Annex. Teams of Stafford County youth entrepreneurs presented four-minute presentations and answered questions posed by a panel of three judges. A business plan executive summary was sent in prior to the competition and scored.

Focus on Stafford County – March 2022 Radio Show

This is the audio from our monthly radio show: Focus on Stafford County. This show aired live at 11:30 AM CT on Thursday, March 24, 2022. Kathleen talked about the recent Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge held in Stafford County and gave updates on other EcoDevo activities like strategic planning, housing, AmeriCorps, etc.


Stafford County Economic Development, in association with the Network Kansas E-Community Partnership, announces the Stafford County YEC will take place in St. John on Wednesday, March 23rd at 11:00 A.M. at the Stafford County Annex. The competition is part of the 2021-2022 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC) series. The goal is to expose Kansas middle school and high school students to entrepreneurship.

Ending the Remote Work Program

EcoDevo's Board of Directors has decided to discontinue the Remote Work Program. There was some success with the program, but it was never really utilized as envisioned. The board feels it is better to put time and energy toward other priorities at this time. Workspace 311 will continue to operate as a coworking space.