After 10 years as the executive director of Stafford County Economic Development, Carolyn Dunn has decided to reduce her hours and role as additional professional opportunities have arisen.

Crosswalks improve safety for pedestrians

St. John residents are noticing a big change at six different intersections along First Street and Monroe Street — freshly-painted crosswalks that have already dramatically improved the safety of on-foot pedestrians and children walking to school due to increasing visibility for drivers.

Live Well identifies, addresses safety concerns

St. John, KS - “The new sidewalk along First Street makes me feel safer about letting my son walk or ride to school, I just wish the sidewalk went all the way to the school for our children walking, said Randee Olive, a local St. John parent.

St. John 1% Sales Tax Passes in Primary Voting

On Tuesday, August 2nd, residents in the City of St. John were encouraged to vote on a 1% sales tax proposition. The proposition read as follows: "Shall the following be adopted? Shall a retailers' sales tax in the amount of one-percent (1.0%) be levied in the City of St. John, Kansas...

Busiest street in St. John gets a new sidewalk

St. John residents are noticing a big improvement along the busiest street in town — new sidewalks that run along eight blocks on First Street and one block north on Monroe, which will be completed by Aug. 19, just in time for school to start.

Photo Contest a Success

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The Stafford County Economic Development Photo contest went well.  There were many great photos making the choice difficult!  The judges were Carolyn Dunn-Executive Director for EcoDevo, BreAnn Anshutz-summer Intern for EcoDevo, and Diane Johnson-Stafford County resident. 

Bike & Builders proficient with sledgehammers and screwdrivers

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The plaster dust was flying in the air on Second and Main Street Tuesday morning, June 21st in St. John.  A group of 27 Bike & Build cyclists from around the U.S. contributed volunteer hours at Gray’s Studio and in the County Annex throughout the day that assisted Stafford County Economic Development in housing project efforts.

Lack of Sidewalk puts Children at High Risk for Accidents

Every week during the school year, a group of 4th, 5th and 6th graders walk in the street from the Ida Long Goodman Memorial Library to the County Annex building for the Life After-School Program. On a daily basis, St. John residents can be seen walking in the streets because there are no safe or existing sidewalks.

BreAnn Anshutz Joins Eco Devo as Summer Intern

Joining Stafford County Economic Development for the summer as an intern placed by Ogallala Commons is BreAnn Anshutz.  BreAnn is a native of Stafford County and graduated from Macksville High School in May. As an intern, BreAnn’s primary focuses will be taking photos and creating a video promoting Stafford County and Stafford County Economic Development...

Health and economic growth go hand in hand

In rural communities, the health of residents and economic growth go hand-in-hand. To economically thrive, a community must have an eye for building an environment that residents want to live in, raise their families and people want to move to. One aspect is to have a community that offers residents the chance to walk and bike on safe and accessible sidewalks.