Planning Pays off in Cleanup Campaigns

Although the traditional time for “spring cleaning” has passed, planning for a successful community cleanup campaign can happen anytime.

Improving the physical appearance of a community while helping to create a sense of pride among residents is one reason communities host cleanup campaigns,


Community Food Survey Ends Soon

A Community Food Survey sponsored by the North Central Kansas Food Council will end July 31.

There is still time for those currently living in the 12-county region (including the counties of Clay, Cloud, Dickinson,

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SAM Registration System Reminders

Any entity pursuing government contracts—including Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Grantees—must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM).

In this Federal database at, users can register to do business with the U.S. government, update or renew an entity registration,

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Project Spotlight: Miltonvale Park

A park is a vital part of many communities. Miltonvale, a town of just over 500 people located south of U.S. Hwy 24, has made many park improvements over the years. Those efforts received a boost when the community was awarded Kansas Department of Commerce Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds under the 2015 Special Round category.

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Salina’s Design Central Transitioned to New Ownership

A business with a presence in Salina and the region since 1972 has new owners. Earlier this year Scott and Meghan Bird purchased Design Central located in downtown Salina.

Design Central specializes in selling office furniture and offers a complete line of commercial interior design services throughout Kansas.

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Business Offers E-Waste, Information Technology Services

REV-E3, located in Jewell, KS, was created with the vision of reducing electronic waste (E-waste) in rural areas. It recently marked completion of its first year in business.

While E-waste continues to be a primary focus,

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Regional Food System Assessment Continues this Summer

North Central Kansas Food Council LogoThe North Central Kansas Food Council (NCKFC) will continue the next phase of its regional food system assessment this summer. The emphasis will be community engagement through surveying, outreach, and focus groups.

The first phase of the regional food system assessment focused on quantitative data.

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Home Ownership Program Launches

Home Ownership Program LogoA new program that seeks to make home ownership more affordable is now available to home buyers purchasing a home in Cloud and Mitchell counties.

The two-county pilot project of the NCK Home Ownership Program will assist current and future residents by reducing the barriers of down payments and closing costs.

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Rural Voices 2017-2018 Winners Announced

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Rural Voices winners!Rural Voices Youth Contest Logo

First Place Video Entry: Sydney Johnson, Beloit Junior-Senior High School, Beloit, KS

First Place Written Entry: David Lutgen,

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Engaging Youth a Valuable Investment: Career Exploration and Leadership Program

After a successful first year of the Career Exploration and Leadership Program for 7-9th grade students in Mitchell County, planning has begun for the summer 2018 program.

“We have students who enjoyed the program so much they are already asking about it for next year,” Heather Hartman,

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