New Leadership Training Scholarship Announced

image of leadership graphicCultivating leadership is an important part of ensuring a strong future in North Central Kansas.

A newly created leadership scholarship will make it possible for NCRPC to sponsor an individual each year to attend the “Your Leadership Edge” training program offered by the Kansas Leadership Center,

Improving Energy Efficiency

October marks Energy Action Month, Weatherization Day

Residents living in an apartment complex in Ness City have enjoyed increased comfort and energy efficiency thanks to improvements made possible through the Weatherization Assistance Program.

At the time of the work,

Rural Reflections

By Emily Reno

Does rural to urban migration mean the end of small towns? Not necessarily, says former intern

In the summer of 2018, I had the privilege to serve as North Central Regional Planning Commission’s summer intern.

High School Seniors Invited to Compete for Cash Prizes

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 2020-2021 Rural Voices Youth Contest.

Entries should reflect this year’s theme — “Rural Kansas…Tomorrow’s Possibilities.” The top two entries will receive a cash award of $850 and those students will be recognized with the John R.

COVID-19 Recovery

Cities, counties working to support businesses and meet local recovery needs

As the region continues to deal with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, cities and counties have been busy responding to their local community needs and seeking resources to support their residents and businesses.

Business Support Available for North Central Kansas Manufacturers, Entrepreneurs

Applications for the Innovation Stimulus Program are now being accepted

Image of Innovation Stimulus Program FlyerNorth Central Kansas manufacturers and entrepreneurs that have been negatively impacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible to apply for free services as part of a new Innovation Stimulus Program.

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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