Stories From Strong Communities

Russell – Where generations care for each other
May 19, 2022

Russell is more than just the hometown of Senator Bob Dole and a Main Street City. It is a community of 4,400 people who take care of each other. Part of the city’s vision is …

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Across Kansas, there are successes ignited by communities working together for the economic growth and sustainability of their culture, places, and people. Community Development programs and investments fuel community-driven success.

  • Kansas Main Street provides programming and technical assistance for downtown development.
  • Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission provides support for the development of arts, culture, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Rural Opportunity Zones offer an incentive for college graduates to grow their life in rural Kansas counties.
  • Community Development Block Grants fund essential infrastructure such as waterlines and streets and sidewalks, community facilities and services such as childcare, parks, playgrounds, broadband and community centers, and housing rehabilitation.
  • Community Service Tax Credits increase the impact of Kansas non-profits and public health care organizations for children and family services, non-governmental crime prevention, youth apprenticeship and youth technical training and health care projects.
  • The Rural Housing Incentive District Act provides an opportunity for cities to capture valuation increases on housing developments and upper-story housing downtown for critical improvements.

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