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.

Eco Devo One of the Golden Belt Community Foundation’s Spring Grant Recipients

GREAT BEND, Kan. - Golden Belt Community Foundation recently completed the March competitive grant cycle and awarded a total of $21,163. The foundation supports programs or projects that are innovative, collaborative, proactive, measurable and sustainable. Competitive Grant Awards for March, 2016 include:

Stafford STARS Entrepreneurship Class Travels to WSU and All-Star Sports

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On Wednesday, April 13th, Program Director for Stafford County Economic Development, Ashlee Bevan, and Stafford STARS After-School Director, Sharilyn McNickle, took 11 students from the STARS After-School Entrepreneurship class to Wichita for some education and fun.

With Dillon’s closing, Eco Devo is actively searching for a solution

On Friday, January 22nd, the City of St. John and its surrounding communities received news that Kroger would be closing the Dillon’s store in St. John.  This sudden announcement was a huge disappointment.  A grocery outlet is a vital element in a town for many reasons.

Youth Entrepreneurship Competition coming to St. John

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Get ready for several area high school students to take over St. John on Wednesday, March 2 with business product and/or service ideas!  Stafford County Economic Development, in cooperation with NetWork Kansas, is hosting a Youth Entrepreneurship Competition for adjoining counties that are also classified as a NetWork Kansas E-Community.

Groundbreaking held for a single-family home in Stafford

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On Tuesday, December 15, Stafford County Economic Development and the Economic Development Housing Committee held a ceremonial groundbreaking for a single-family home at the corner of St. Paul and Prairie Ave. in Stafford. We are partnering with Housing Opportunities Inc. for this project which has an expected completion date of May 2016.

Stafford County Economic Development Awarded $3,900 Bike & Build Grant

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Stafford County Economic Development has been awarded a $3,900 grant towards constructing and renovating rental housing to address a severe shortage of modern and affordable workforce housing in a county where the average age of a house is 86 years old...according to the county appraiser.

City of Stafford moving forward with active transportation policy

The City of Stafford is moving right along with the active transportation policy that was started in 2013 by past Program Director, Sydney Blanton, and her Healthy Communities Initiative Leadership Team.

Beware of Scam Websites Mimicking Stafford County School Districts

Parents, community members and business owners in Stafford County; It has been brought to our attention by one of our school Superintendents that there are UNAPPROVED websites available for you to visit that are NOT ASSOCIATED with the school districts in any way.

City of St. John Awarded $198,360 in Community Development Block Grant Funding

On Wednesday, July 22nd, the Kansas Department of Commerce announced that 49 Kansas communities will share more than $13 million in Community Development Block Grant funding. The City of St. John received $198,360 for sidewalk improvements. The City will contribute $13,480 through in-kind labor and $8,560 in matching funds.