Pomona, Kansas Launches New Website

October 29, 2015:

Pomona, KS has launched a new community website on LoveSmallTownAmerica.com, an online network for small towns, at: http://www.lovesmalltownamerica.com/pomonaks.php

Love Small Town America provides another powerful tool for Pomona 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.

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Pomona’s new website features community information, a community calendar, photo gallery, business pages, job listings, real estate listings, and more. The calendar will be updated weekly with new events and residents can subscribe to receive updated listings by e-mail.

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Frontenac Launches Community Website!

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September 14, 2015:

Frontenac, KS has launched a new community website on LoveSmallTownAmerica.com, an online network for small towns, at: http://lovesmalltownamerica.com/frontenacks.php

Love Small Town America provides another powerful tool for Frontenac 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.

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Frontenac’s new website features community information, a community calendar, photo gallery, business pages, job listings, real estate listings, and more. The calendar will be updated weekly with new events and residents can subscribe to receive updated listings by e-mail.

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Park, KS Launches New Community Website

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June 8, 2015: Park, KS has launched a new community website on LoveSmallTownAmerica.com, an online network for small towns, at: http://lovesmalltownamerica.com/parkks.php

Park, KS, home of Don Kinderknecht, Entertainer and Voice Over Artist, gains another powerful tool for Park to recruit new residents and support existing businesses 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.

Park’s new website features community information, a community calendar, photo gallery, business pages, job listings, real estate listings, and more.

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Erie, Kansas Launches New Community Website

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June 4, 2015: Erie, KS has launched a new community website on LoveSmallTownAmerica.com, an online network for small towns, at: http://www.lovesmalltownamerica.com/erieks.php

Love Small Town America provides another powerful tool for Erie 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.

Erie’s new website features community information, a community calendar, photo gallery, business pages, job listings, real estate listings, and more. The calendar will be updated monthly with new events and residents can subscribe to receive updated listings by e-mail.

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Palco, Kansas Launches New Community Website

May 21, 2015: Palco, Kansas has launched a new community website on LoveSmallTownAmerica.com, an online network for small towns, at: http://lovesmalltownamerica.com/palcoks.php

Love Small Town America provides another powerful tool for Palco 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.

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Learn About Farm Safety

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Farm Safety Just for Kids is a non-profit dedicated to promoting a safe farm environment to prevent health hazards, injuries, and fatalities to children and youth. The Kansas outreach coordinator, Kali Roberts, is looking for communities who are interested in scheduling a free presentation.

Kali works with communities to facilitate farm safety presentations to local youth and their families at events and meetings and she is available to set up presentations during the summer and fall.

Presentations are free of cost. Typical events where Kali makes presentations: county fairs, preschool/church classrooms, 4-H groups, town festivals, co-op producer safety meetings. Most activities are geared toward elementary school children.

If you are interested in coordinating a free farm safety presentation, contact Kali here:
Kali Roberts
785-393-3227
kalir@ksu.edu
farmsafetyforjustkids.org

Highlights of Hoxie, Kansas

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Welcome to Hoxie!

“Good crops and great families” is the motto in Hoxie, Kansas. Here, the pioneer spirit that founded this farming enclave never died. Closely tied to the community traditions  of  Sheridan County, Kansas, where Hoxie is located, Hoxie is the largest town in the county. Hoxie’s population is around 1,200, hitting a Goldilocks-esque “just right” size for this easy going community.

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Hoxie, Kansas – where the buffalo still, literally, roam.

Hoxie is known for working hard, like its entrepreneurs and progressive business district, and playing hard, too. Hoxie’s proximity to Sheridan State Fishing Lake, numerous community festivals and events, parks, and ample recreational opportunities make it easy to kick back.

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The Sheridan County Fair is an annual treat.

The friendly neighborhood vibe and safe, quiet streets entice families to make their home in Hoxie, where kids grow up in the school systems’ outstanding athletic tradition. Opportunities for involvement abound, and even adults get in on the action with Hoxie’s numerous clubs or by helping run the volunteer-operated carnival ride at the Sheridan County Fair. For 1,200 Kansans, Hoxie offers a perfect slice of prairie life. Why don’t you plan a visit and find out why?

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A fisherman proudly displays his catch from the waters of the state lake – within easy proximity of Hoxie.

To learn more about what awaits you in Hoxie, Kansas, visit their official webpage on Love Small Town America and find out why Hoxie might be the place for you. County webpages on LSTA offer residents and visitors information about the county’s geography, history, events, businesses, and more.

Have you visited Hoxie or Sheridan County? Share your favorite highlights with us in the comments! 

We are always growing our network of small towns, organizations, and businesses. If you’re interested in joining Love Small Town America and getting an affordable home on our small town network, e-mail us to get started or learn more here

LSTA & KS Dept. of Commerce Offering ROZ Communities Free Webpages

Love Small Town America and the KS Dept. of Commerce Have Partnered to Bring ROZ Communities Free Webpages

ROZs Can Join LSTA for FREE

ROZs Can Join LSTA for FREE

From now until Feb. 13, ROZ Communities (towns or counties) can apply for a free webpage and Love Small Town America membership. You get a great, worry-free web presence, free advertising and promotion, a listing in our directory of towns and/or counties, and connections to a growing network of small towns. It’s easy, it’s free, it makes a difference. The Kansas Department of Commerce feels so strongly that this is a vital step for ROZ communities to take, they’re footing the bill so ROZ communities can get in on this great opportunity. Scholarships are limited, so apply as soon as possible to ensure you are one of the lucky ones!

What is the ROZ Webpage Scholarship?

A one-year scholarship (valued at $225+) that covers the cost of a community webpage and membership in the Love Small Town America network to provide accurate, interesting information about your community, share events, post jobs and real estate listings, connect local businesses with publicity and affordable webpages of their own, and get your community noticed!

Check out a community webpage and click through the different tabs to see the many features. Visit: Grainfield, KS.

What Are the Benefits of a Love Small Town America Webpage?

Our members are part of a network of small communities. Every member gets a full-featured web presence that is completely hassle-free. We do all the work, from building the site, to writing the copy, to performing maintenance and updates. We also include free promotion as part of the deal to help you show the world why they should call a small town home and to showcase the best small towns in America. Learn more about the many benefits you’ll receive as a Love Small Town America member when you apply for the webpage scholarship.

How Do I Apply?

Fill out a scholarship application and return it to Chris Harris at charris@kansascommerce.com. Communities (counties or towns) participating in the ROZ program with a population of 5,000 or fewer can apply.

Or: Contact Luke Mahin at Luke@Lovesmalltownamerica.com or 785-374-3067 for assistance filling out your application or to ask questions.

Rural Opportunity Zones can get a FREE Webpage!

Some of you may have heard this before, but we want to make sure EVERYONE hears the news today. Rural Opportunity Zones – those 50 Kansas counties offering awesome “recruitment bonuses” to qualifying new residents – are eligible for an absolutely FREE Love Small Town America website*. This is no gimmick – the Kansas Department of Commerce is actually paying for scholarships that provide webpages to ROZ counties or communities within ROZ counties so that they can help leverage the nationwide interest in these fantastic Kansas counties.

Did you know?

More than 600 people have already applied for the ROZ incentives. The ROZ program is working. Imagine if all these counties had full-featured webpages with all the information new residents wanted to know in one, easy-to-navigate spot. That’s what Love Small Town America provides. ROZ counties can plug into a dynamic network that showcases what their communities has to offer and opens the door to affordable webpages for local businesses, free promotion, and more. Signing up is easy, it’s quick, it’s free. There’s no reason not to take advantage of this opportunity! Scholarship applications are due Feb. 6, 2013.

How Can you Take Advantage of this Offer?

If you live in a ROZ county or town – share this information with your local economic development director, chamber director, or other community leader and let them know you want to see your community on Love Small Town America. Even if your community already has a website, being a part of LSTA gets your community listed in a vibrant network of small towns across the country and provides free publicity for town events, businesses, and more.

If you’re a local economic development director, chamber director, or other community leader, you’re in the right place! Contact us today to learn more and to get help filling out your community’s scholarship application. Hurry – applications are due Feb. 6, 2013 and there are a limited number of scholarships available.

Contact Us:

Luke Mahin, Sales

Phone785-374-3067

Email: luke@lovesmalltownamerica.com

*Package C: $225 value

RedTire – Matching Businesses and Business Owners

RedTire is a new program from the KU School of Business that seeks to Redefine Retirement for business owners in rural Kansas communities.

At Love Small Town America, we consider ourselves matchmakers of a sort. We match businesses with employees via our job listings, we match potential citizens with new hometowns, and we match tourists with communities full of attractions that suit them to a tee. So, we were interested to learn of another matchmaking enterprise in our home state of Kansas.

When small town business owners age, they often shut the doors, taking with them the assets, experience, and wealth that business represented in the community. There are many reasons why this happens – but a lot of it comes down to basic economics – supply and demand. A new program called RedTire has been launched by the University of Kansas to offer one possible solution.

The RedTire program promotes their service as allowing business owners to redefine their retirement. The program matches rural business owners seeking an exit strategy with graduates from Kansas universities.

Candidates from both sides – businesses and potential successors – apply through the RedTire website or are referred to the program by third parties.

Ideally, the end result will be contract negotiations between successors and current owners to purchase existing businesses or make other arrangements to transition ownership.

The program is free and aims to help Kansas communities create transition opportunities to keep businesses alive and thriving. RedTire is new, so there aren’t any results to share, but there are an increasing number of attempts across the country to address this issue. We’ll be watching to see how RedTire progresses – so check back for an update!

We can’t help but think what an interesting complement this program – or something like it – provides for the Rural Opportunity Zone program. Theoretically, someone could move to a ROZ county, gaining access to tax credits and tuition reimbursement and possibly also create their own job by buying a business by engaging with RedTire – making the kinds of initiatives that are popping up across the state even more powerful. The future is taking shape before our eyes and there are definitely some interesting possibilities on the horizon.

What do you think? Is RedTire the kind of program that could make a difference?

Interested in applying?

RedTire Contact Information:

Wally Meyer
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
(785) 864-7583
wmeyerjr@ku.edu

Charlotte Tritch
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
(785) 864-7563
ctritch@ku.edu