Youth Entrepreneurship Contests Provide Participants with Real-World Experience

This article appeared in the November 2019 NCRPC Newsletter.

Empowering students to develop an idea and solve a problem through entrepreneurship might help spark the entrepreneurial pipeline in communities. That possibility is reason enough for several to host local contests for students.


New Business Signage Pilot Program Recently Launched in Dickinson County

This article appeared in the November 2019 NCRPC Newsletter.

A new program that is designed to assist businesses with improving or replacing signs on commercial buildings is now available in Dickinson County.

The pilot project of the Dickinson County Economic Development Corporation Business Signage Program is designed to provide an affordable funding/financing option for signage on commercial buildings to improve the functionality,

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Former College Athlete Creates Business for Aspiring Athletes

This article appeared in the November 2019 NCRPC Newsletter.

Former University of Kansas and Salina Central running back Jake Sharp has a passion for helping athletes and individuals achieve success. His business, Sharp Performance, LLC, gives him the opportunity to do just that.


Program Helps Reduce Energy Costs

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, households that receive weatherization services experience average annual energy cost savings of $283. A Trego County resident knows firsthand the financial impact of the Weatherization Assistance Program.

When the Trego County client applied for weatherization assistance,


Economic Development Conference Focuses on Resilience

Viewpoint Column by Doug McKinney, NCRPC Executive Director

You know you are in downtown Denver when each evening fire trucks roll by every hour and hints of smoke are in the air at the pedestrian level.

Rural Voices Contest Offers High School Seniors Chance to Share Ideas, Win Cash

Rural Voices Youth contest logo and imageHigh school seniors in North Central Kansas are invited to compete for a chance to win $850 by submitting a written essay or short video in the 2019-2020 Rural Voices Youth Contest.

Entries are to be reflective of this year’s contest theme,

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Project Spotlight: Mankato Housing

Long-time City of Mankato Mayor Don Koester credits a strategic planning meeting 16 years ago with helping the community chart a course to address its housing needs.

“We asked the community what needed to be done,” Koester said.

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Family Joins Forces to Bring Back Concordia Restaurant

Nostalgia and a love for tacos led one family to bring back Taco Grande to Concordia.

Chad and Malinda Sallman, Brock Sallman, and Loren and Dena Miller formed SallMill, LLC last year for the purpose of re-opening a Taco Grande franchise in Concordia.


Two Housing Nonprofits Launched

Although specific challenges and opportunities for housing may vary for communities across the region, most would agree that housing is an important issue to address.

The NCRPC has launched two new housing nonprofit organizations to help play a role in meeting the housing needs of communities in the region.

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