Strategic Plan Updated for Region

A multi-year strategic planning process that included collaboration among partners and stakeholders has resulted in the completion of the most recent strategic plan for the region.

The plan is formally known as the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, or CEDS for short.

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Two High School Seniors Win Rural Voices Youth Contest

Two high school seniors in North Central Kansas are being recognized with the John R. Cyr Rural Voices Award for submitting the top entries in the 2018-2019 Rural Voices Youth Contest.

Students had the option to submit an original essay or video reflective of the contest theme — “Rural Kansas…My Community.” McKenzie Shippy,

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Communities to Receive Funding for Improvement Projects

Several NCRPC member cities were recently awarded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to help complete a variety of community improvement projects. The CDBG program is administered by the Kansas Department of Commerce.

The City of Assaria was awarded $433,840 to make water distribution improvements.

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New LMI Percentages Take Effect in April

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program requires that each CDBG funded activity must either benefit low- and moderate-income (LMI) persons (at least 51% LMI), prevent or eliminate slums or blight, or resolve an urgent need where local resources are not available to do so.


NCK Home Ownership Pilot Program Had Positive Results

Home Ownership Program LogoHelping make home ownership more affordable was one goal of the NCK Home Ownership Pilot Program that assisted home buyers this past year in Cloud and Mitchell counties.

The program officially launched in April 2018.


Rural Voices 2018-2019 Winners Announced

Rural Voices Youth Contest logo

Congratulations to the 2018-2019 Rural Voices winners!

First Place Video Entry: McKenzie Shippy, Herington High School

First Place Written Entry: Kara Eilert,

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Pilot Program Addresses Nuisances

Helping communities deal with nuisance properties, enforcement and ordinances was the main goal behind NCRPC offering a pilot Nuisance Abatement Program in 2018.

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Joint Land Use Study for Proposed UAS Corridor Underway

Viewpoint Column by Doug McKinney, NCRPC Executive Director

Since the Civil War, Fort Riley Army Base has been a key component for national defense training. Since the beginning of the 20th century, Kansas has been at the forefront of aviation exploration.

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Monthly Educational Webinars Available

K-State Research and Extension offers a free educational webinar every first Friday of the month with topics relevant to business and community development.

Nancy Daniels, Community Vitality Specialist with K-State Research and Extension, coordinates the First Friday webinars.


HVAC Professional Starts New Business in Marshall County

With more than 20 years of knowledge and experience in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry, Travis Quigley saw potential to start his own business. He formed All Star Air Professionals, LLC, also known as ASAP, in March of 2018.