Region Represented in New Initiative

“Land in Kansas” is a new statewide economic development initiative that launched in July with the goal of attracting investment and promoting business expansion.

Key components of the initiative, according to a Kansas Department of Commerce press release,

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Internships Benefit Student Intern, Host Organization

Written by Doug McKinney, NCRPC Executive Director

An internship is a way for young adults to get credit for real-world experience. Interns work with an organization engaging in activities that provide them with new learning while benefiting the host organization.

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Rural Voices Contest Open to NC KS High School Seniors

Rural Voices Youth Contest logoHigh school seniors in North Central Kansas are invited to compete for a chance to win $850 by submitting an essay or video in the 2018-2019 Rural Voices Youth Contest. The NCRPC sponsors the contest and has awarded more than $20,000 to seniors from around the region since 2006.

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Claiming Your Google Place Listing

Written by the Kansas State University Center for Rural Enterprise Engagement

One of the easiest, but most overlooked aspects of online marketing is claiming your Google Place listing. This is a feature that allows information about your business to populate on the right-hand side of the Google search results page.

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Hotspot Locations Added

NCK-WiFi, the free Internet service provided by Cunningham Telephone & Cable (CTC)  and NCKCN, continues to expand throughout North Central Kansas.

Locations such as Blosser RV Park in Concordia and Emerson Lake in Jewell are among a few new hotspots and there are plans for more.

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NCRPC/Bank Complete Homebuyer Assistance Project

NCRPC/Wilson State Bank has completed a $20,000 project that assisted buyers in purchasing homes in Wilson, KS. The program was made possible through a FHLBank’s Joint Opportunities for Building Success (JOBS) Program award of $25,000 to the bank on behalf of North Central Kansas Community Network,

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Food Systems Intern Shares What She Learned about North Central Kansas

by Emily Reno

Note: The following post is Emily Reno’s Letter to the Editor that appeared in the August 10, 2018 issue of the Beloit Call. Reno was a 2018 summer intern at the NCRPC.

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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