News Release: Eight Kansas ROZ Communities Awarded Scholarships by the Kansas Department of Commerce to Create Websites

Grainfield, Kansas, February 4, 2015 — Love Small Town America, Inc., an online network for small towns, announces eight Rural Opportunity Zone communities were awarded website scholarships by the Kansas Department of Commerce (KDOC). Four counties and four cities in Kansas were awarded website scholarships to sponsor community webpages on www.LoveSmallTownAmerica.com and membership in the Love Small Town America (LSTA) network. Counties: Comanche County, Graham County, Montgomery County, and Sheridan County Cities: Galena, Hoxie, Palco, and Summerfield.

All eight of the selected communities participate in the Kansas Rural Opportunity Zone program. The website scholarship awards were made by the Kansas Department of Commerce after a competitive application process.

“As a non-profit foundation it is important to make sure our mission and information is heard by not only our county residents, but by friends of Comanche County far and wide. We knew when applying for the Love Small Town America website scholarship that it was a fantastic opportunity to share our mission. We look forward to LSTA providing an informative, professional and interactive site that will show what a great place Comanche County is to live, work and raise a family and keep our residents and friends of Comanche County up-to-date on current happenings and all of our great plans for the future,” said Loretta Heft, Executive Director of the Comanche County Economic Development Foundation.

Webpages for Comanche County, Galena, Hoxie, and Sheridan County are already online. The other four community webpages will be online during winter/spring 2015. Hoxie and Sheridan County received a website scholarship from the KDOC for the second year in the row.

These eight ROZ communities join twelve other Kansas communities on the LSTA network, which is expanding across the state and nation.

“Offering small communities and counties an avenue to showcase themselves to people across the world is so important to us. W’re thrilled to have partnered with the Kansas Department of Commerce for a second year to make the important task of building and maintaining a web presence easier for those ROZ Scholarship winners. Now they can sit back and feel like their looming to-do lists are lighter and in good hands,” said Nicole Godek, LSTA CEO.

The scholarship is designed to provide another powerful tool for ROZ communities to recruit new residents by providing a package of webpages to establish a community portal on www.LoveSmallTownAmerica.com. This opens the door for other community attractions, including businesses, churches, schools, organizations, and more, to have a web presence as well.

Love Small Town America is dedicated to providing small towns with an affordable, comprehensive online presence and access to a national network of small town promotional opportunities and resources. Love Small Town America integrates a comprehensive website package with free advertising for members and rich features like job listings, a community calendar, and a photo gallery.

“As small towns we have pride in our quality of life and work ethic. Finding this type of lifestyle doesn’t have to be difficult for those looking for it,” said Godek.

Love Small Town America’s mission and experience with web design spurred a partnership with the Kansas Department of Commerce in order to offer more communities a resource to make their efforts to grow successful.

For more information about joining Love Small Town America, contact:

Shelley Paasch, Sales 
E-mail: Shelley@LoveSmallTownAmerica.com
Phone: 785.374.3067

About Love Small Town America: 
Love Small Town America, Inc. is a Grainfield, Kansas based online network for small towns founded by Nicole Godek providing full-service online solutions for small towns to get their town, local businesses, real estate offerings, events calendar, and more online and to promote their needs and assets while also building an international network that members can leverage to reach their goals.  Love Small Town America provides professional and innovative webpage design, content writing, webpage updates, website marketing, web hosting, website maintenance, SEO, website renovations, and social media advertising for members. All-inclusive webpage packages start at $225 annually for businesses and $499 annually for communities. For more information, visit www.LoveSmallTownAmerica.com.

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