North Central Kansas Food Council Seeks Grower/Producer Information for Directory

The North Central Kansas Food Council (NCKFC) is developing a regional directory of growers/producers to highlight local businesses and better connect local food products and consumers.

The directory will be used to help promote local foods in the 12-county region the NCKFC serves – including the counties of Clay,

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Torkelson Celebrates 40-year Milestone with NCRPC

Change. That has been one constant in Carol Torkelson’s 40-year career with the North Central Regional Planning Commission.

Torkelson celebrated the 40-year milestone on May 19. During her tenure, Carol has worn several hats. She hired on as a bookkeeper,



Project Spotlight: Ellsworth Housing

Multiple Programs Involved with Improvements to Ellsworth Home

When Elizabeth George purchased her Ellsworth home, the list of needed improvements was long. Fortunately for her, the timing was perfect to participate in the city’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) housing rehabilitation project.

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Planning Key to Project Success

Communities Considering CDBG Water/Sewer Applications Should Begin Planning Now

Project planning is essential for funding success. Communities with water or sewer project needs that are considering an application to the Community Development Block Grant program should start planning now for next year’s funding round.

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Finance Program Assists in Concordia Business Transition

A passion for the car business has led Darell Gallegos on a journey to achieve his dream of owning a dealership. Gallegos purchased the Concordia, Kansas, Ford dealership, previously known as Womack Sunshine Ford, in late 2019.

The new name of the dealership is Farm Country Ford — a name Darell says is meant to honor the community’s agricultural roots.

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Positive Responses in Challenging Times

People have come together in inspiring and innovative ways to help one another thrive during these challenging times. What follows are just some of the examples of how communities have responded to situations created by COVID-19.

Businesses pivoted and changed their traditional business models.



Viewpoint: COVID-19 Impacts and Looking Forward

Column by Emily Benedick

At NCRPC, we know the topic on everyone’s minds is COVID-19. I must admit, this is not how I pictured my first 12 weeks serving as Executive Director. When I started in this position on March 2,



Keeping Kids Connected

NCKCN is proud to announce the Kids Connect Program in North Central Kansas. The program is spearheaded by Brent Cunningham, Vice President and Manager of Cunningham Telephone & Cable (CTC). NCKCN is a NCRPC affiliate.



Home Ownership Pilot Program Launches in Three More Counties

Buyers purchasing a home in three North Central Kansas counties may now qualify for financial incentives designed to make home ownership more affordable.

Pilot home ownership programs officially launched in Dickinson County March 6, in Ottawa County April 28 and in Republic County April 29.



Staffing Transitions Announced

Spring brought new roles in the organization for some NCRPC staff members.

Emily Benedick was named Executive Director in March, succeeding Doug McKinney after his retirement. Adding to the leadership team, Lisa Peters accepted the Assistant Director position previously held by Benedick.



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