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Office of Rural Prosperity

Applications Open for Second Cohort of Kansas Commerce Rural Champions

Apr 29, 2024

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland today announced that the Office of Rural Prosperity has opened applications for the second cohort of Rural by Choice Champions. Offered in collaboration with the Patterson Family Foundation, the Rural Champions program funds dedicated development assistance for rural communities that lack…

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Commerce Updates ROZ Student Loan Repayment Program

Apr 18, 2024

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland today announced significant changes to the Rural Opportunity Zones (ROZ) program that could increase participation in student loan repayments for people moving to rural Kansas counties. Individuals who earn an associate degree or higher and move to a designated ROZ county they…

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Commerce Grants Available for Rural Mural and Public Art Projects

Feb 23, 2024

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Commerce today announced a total of $75,000 is available for a new round of Rural Mural and Public Art program funding. The program helps rural communities design engaging new art that improves the local aesthetic – making the community more appealing not only for…

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Emergency HEAL Grants Available to Stabilize Rural Downtown Buildings

Feb 1, 2024

TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland announced today $500,000 will be available under the Emergency Response Historic Economic Asset Lifeline (Emergency HEAL) program to bring rural downtown buildings back from likely demolition or collapse and rehabilitate them into productive commercial use. Emergency HEAL was created to…

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Governor Kelly Announces Nearly $1.4M for Rural Economic Development

Jan 24, 2024

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced the most recent round of award recipients for the Historic Economic Asset Lifeline (HEAL) grant program, which was created to help rural communities revitalize downtown buildings and create safer downtowns with more job opportunities. A total of 21 projects from across the state will receive…

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Governor Kelly Announces Rural Champions Receive $300K for Community Projects

Oct 17, 2023

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly announced today that $300,000 has been awarded to the 12 Rural by Choice Champions (Rural Champions) announced last year in collaboration with the Office of Rural Prosperity and the Patterson Family Foundation to address local challenges in their respective communities. The funding will allow these communities…

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Transforming Halstead: SEED and HEAL Grants Fuel Prosperity and Community Growth

Oct 3, 2023

Ribbon cutting for Kansas Learning Center for health Outdoor Fitness Equipment project in Halstead For this month’s Spotlighting Prosperity, we are excited to showcase the City of Halstead and the great work they have been doing to help their community prosper.In the past year, they were awarded a SEED grant,…

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Morton County's Hope Centers: Bridging the Mental Health Gap and Nurturing Community Well-being

Sep 29, 2023

For this month’s Spotlighting Prosperity, we are excited to showcase Morton County and the great work they have been doing to help the mental health crisis in their communities. Mental health is a pervasive issue that touches the lives of everyone, and its complexities make navigation far from straightforward. In…

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"Rural by Choice Champion: Empowering Her Community through Big Initiatives and Transformative Parks and Trails"

Jul 27, 2023

Pictured: Joslyn Kusiak, Lacey Lies, Mike Goodwin (Kansas Trails Council), Brittney Holum, Tabatha Snodgrass Brittney Holum, one of the twelve grant recipients of the Rural by Choice Champions Program, has been hard at work on the Independence Rural Connection project. This initiative focuses on building trails, wellness, pedestrian and cyclist…

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From HEAL Award to Rural Champion Playbook: Lincoln County is one to Follow!

Jul 13, 2023

Post Rock Fitness Center located in downtown Lincoln, KS The June ORP spotlight highlighted Lincoln Kansas and its many great accomplishments we have been seeing recently!With the recent announcement of the Spring 2023 HEAL awardees, we thought we would first highlight Post Rock Fitness LLC. This project was part of…

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