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Regional Planning & Community Engagement

The Kansas Office of Broadband Development (KOBD) is reaching out to communities across Kansas to equip them with information to engage with providers to support broadband buildout. With the allocation of $451.7 million, KOBD has submitted our plans to deploy along with the scoring criteria for awards. We recognize the value of community centered design and have made that nearly 10% of the overall grant application points.

Regional Workshops

The goal of these workshops is to inform and engage communities about BEAD, and to directly involve residents in solutions that ensure their community is universally connected. As locations, dates and times are arranged you will be able to register here. If you are unable to register, please just join us! These meetings will take place early March to end of April.

Did you miss our on-site workshop? KOBD is offering held a virtual workshop for those that missed or want to attend/learn more. The recording is linked below.

Completed Regional Workshops

DateTimeCountyAddressBroadband Maps
(will change based on continued review)
Tues., March 56:00pWichitaLeoti Community Center
502 M Street
Leoti, KS 67861

Wichita County Maps
Thur., March 146:00pCherokeeGalena Senior Center
720 S. Wall St.
Galena, KS 66739
Cherokee County Maps
Tues., March 266:00pMarion214 N Walnut Street
Peabody, KS 66866
Marion County Maps
Tues., March 196:30pWoodsonBressner Hall
711 S. Fry Street
Yates Center, KS 66783
Woodson County Maps
Wed. April 36:00pOttawaMinneapolis Public Library
519 Delia Ave
Minneapolis, KS 67467
Ottawa County Maps
Thur., April 46:00pSalineVisit Salina Annex
120 W Ash
Salina, KS 67401
Saline County Maps
Mon., April 156:00pDouglasLawrence Public Library
meeting room B
707 Vermont Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
Douglas County Maps
Tues., April 166:00pJefferson212 W Washington Street
Oskaloosa, KS 66066
Jefferson County Maps
Mon., April 226:00pSedgwickPark City City Hall
1941 East 61st St N
Park City, KS 67219
Sedgwick County Maps
Wed., May 16:00pKearnyDeerfield Community Center
609 Main St
Deerfield, KS 67838
Kearny County Maps
Thur., May 26:00pRawlinsMason Building
113 S. 5th Street
Atwood, KS 67730
Rawlins County Maps
Tues., May 146:00pJohnsonDe Soto City Hall
32905 W 84th St
De Soto, KS 66018
Johnson County Maps
Thur., May 166:00pWilsonWilson County Courthouse (basement meeting room)
615 Madison St
Fredonia, KS 66736
Wilson County Maps

Broadband Breakdown Video Series

KOBD has created a Broadband Breakdown Video Series, which breaks down Regional Workshop content into micro learning sessions. These are posted below and available any time.

Virtual Office Hours

We’re delighted to invite you join us as we continue our efforts to support communities in their pursuit of universal connectivity through Broadband Expansion and Access Development (BEAD) initiatives.

These office hours are scheduled to take place following the regional planning workshops. Their purpose is to provide additional resources and assistance to communities that may need further support in implementing solutions discussed during the workshops.

If you participated in one of our regional planning workshops and have questions, need clarification, or require additional assistance, these office hours are here to help. Our team will be available to address your concerns and provide guidance on next steps.

While participation in the regional planning workshops is not a prerequisite for joining our office hours, we encourage anyone with an interest in BEAD initiatives to attend. Together, we can work towards ensuring that every member of our community has access to reliable broadband connectivity.

  • Thursday, May 2 at 1 p.m. – Registration Closed
  • Thursday, May 16 at 1 p.m. – Registration Closed
  • Thursday, May 30 at 1 p.m. – Registration Closed

None of these times work for you? Please reach out to Partnerships Coordinator, Shelley Paasch ([email protected]) and schedule a time to connect.

In addition to the planning sessions, KOBD is honored to engage with the Sovereign Nations within Kansas:

  • Iowa of Kansas and Nebraska
  • Kickapoo
  • Prairie Band Potawatomi
  • Sac and Fox

If you represent one of the Sovereign Nations above and would like to connect. Please email [email protected].

Thank you!

Kansas Office of Broadband Development recognizes the importance that connectivity plays in thriving and growing communities. We look forward to supporting engagement efforts across the state to make the most of this historic investment.