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Vivid background photos, an eye-catching header image, and custom font choices for the page title give LSTA members even more ways to draw in visitors and display their community’s unique personality.

LoveSmallTownAmerica.com proudly introduces exciting new features to add an additional level of personalization and flair to community websites.Community webpages now include an eye-catching header image and premium level members have additional custom options designed to make a bold impression on visitors. Continue reading

Sheridan County Awarded $600 for Community Development

Sheridan County and Hoxie received nearly $600 as part of the Love Small Town America Shared Success Program.

Sheridan County and Hoxie received nearly $600 as part of the Love Small Town America Shared Success Program. Left-right: Brent Moss, Nicole Godek, Mitch Moss, Julianne Shoup, Darnelle Keith, Darren Oelke, Krista Rice.

Love Small Town America, Inc. awarded Sheridan County with $576 as part of the Love Small Town America Shared Success Program. Sheridan County and Hoxie received an award for helping enroll small businesses and other organizations as members on the county’s new webpage.

Sheridan County Extension Community Development PDC will use the funds to advertise the webpages and to pay for maintaining current information on the webpage. The committee plans to invest those funds in updating business listings and using newspaper ads to publicize the county’s new online presence www.discoversheridancounty.com  on the LoveSmallTownAmerica website.

“In the past, our community has not had a strong online presence or a central location for community members to find community information. That is what we hope our Love Small Town America sites will become for our community. Our goal was to create a sustainable website that the community interacts with and we are excited to see how it will grow through Love Small Town America,” said Julianne Shoup, Twin Creeks Extension Agent.

Residents are encouraged to submit events, job postings, and community pictures to the website (sheridancountyks@lovesmalltownamerica.com), follow the Sheridan County and Love Small Town America Facebook pages, and consider how their business could benefit from creating a page on the Sheridan County and Hoxie websites.

The additional exposure the county and city get due to the Love Small Town America webpage are key for awareness of what our community has to offer and for growth, says Shoup. 
 
“The Shared Success Program is a great way to create a maintenance fund that will sustain your website over time and help keep the content current, which is vital to the success of a community website,” explains Shoup. 
 
Sheridan County received a scholarship from the Kansas Department of Commerce to cover the cost of their first year of membership on Love Small Town America as part of a campaign to provide websites to ROZ counties. Another scholarship round will occur during spring 2014. 
 
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.
 
For more information about joining Love Small Town America, contact:

Luke Mahin, Sales 

E-mail: Luke@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 more information, visit www.LoveSmallTownAmerica.com

 

Everyone’s Favorite Home-Grown Festival: The Sheridan County Fair

The Sheridan County Fair is fun for the whole family.

The Sheridan County Fair is fun for the whole family.

Amidst the whirling carnival rides and stalks of corn (entered in Tallest Corn Contest, of course), the heart of the Sheridan County Fair beats in time with the community. This Kansas fair is completely volunteer-organized and run and unique, personal touches fill the summer event from start to finish.

The 2013 Sheridan County Fair theme is “Blue Jeans and Children’s Dreams” – a fitting homage to an event that figures in many fond memories and draws participants to Sheridan County every year.

Sheridan County Fair

The Sheridan County Fair is an annual treat.

“Everyone comes home for the Sheridan County Fair!” says Julianne Shoup, K-State Extension Agent.

The Sheridan County Fair features family favorites like the Friday evening parade, the rodeo, carnival, Kiss the Pig Contest, Tallest Corn Contest, and 4-H food auction and livestock sale. These events are a good time for spectators – but why watch when you can get in the middle of the action? Everyone is invited to enter something in the Sheridan County Fair, which showcases unique talents and crafts like restoring antiques and growing prize blooms.

The Sheridan County Fair carnival offers fun late into the summer night.

The Sheridan County Fair carnival offers fun late into the summer night.

Don’t miss the event that has northwestern Kansas talking, year after year. There’s still time to submit entries for the fair. Visit the Sheridan County Fair Board webpage for more details and entry forms or join them on Facebook.

Download a full schedule of events.

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

Highlights of Sheridan County

Sunset in Sheridan County

A strong agricultural tradition dating to settlers who populated the land in the 1860s-1880s is part of Sheridan County’s identity.

A tradition of living off the land and celebrating earth’s bounty with a tight-knit community defines Sheridan County, Kansas. With a population of right around 2,500, Sheridan County is a cozy destination in Northwest Kansas home to several towns, including Hoxie, Selden, Studley, Tasco, and others. With access to great fishing, recreation, and community involvement opportunities, Sheridan County is a place its residents are proud to call home.

Rural Opportunity Zones

Rural Opportunity Zones are Kansas counties offering incentives for individuals to relocate, including tax breaks and student loan forgiveness. Interested in the ROZ website scholarship? Click here. 

The program was created by the Kansas Legislature and signed into law by Governor Sam Brownback in the summer of 2011. The incentives took effect beginning January 1, 2012 and are still going strong in the first quarter of 2014, attracting hundreds of applicants from across the nation.

We here at Love Small Town America have been enthusiastic supporters of this measure since its inception and we continue to partner with the ROZ to help participating Kansas counties share what they have to offer with the world. Soon, we hope to have many ROZ counties online here at LSTA, so you can compare side by side what small town schools, job opportunities, real estate listings, community events, and more each county has to offer and make an informed choice about which county would make the best new home.

Rural Opportunity Zone Counties on Love Small Town America

Rural Opportunity Zone Website Scholarship

From now until July 15, 2014 communities (towns and/or counties) that are participating in the ROZ program and have a population of 5,000 or fewer can apply for a free LSTA website. Learn more.

Size Qualification
ROZ counties with a total population of less than 5,000, or communities within an ROZ county with a population of less than 5,000 (regardless of county size) can apply for a website scholarship.

Can my city and county apply for an ROZ website scholarship? YES. Last year, for example, Hoxie and Sheridan County were both awarded ROZ website scholarships.

Rural Opportunity Zones Information
The Kansas Department of Commerce offers additional information about the Rural Opportunity Zones, including a clickable map. They also state the following about the ROZ:

There’s something special about life in rural Kansas. Something authentic and wholesome. Something that makes it the ideal place to live, work and raise a family. And thanks to the new Rural Opportunity Zones program, there’s never been a better time than now to make rural Kansas your new home.

Rural Opportunity Zones are 73 counties that have been authorized to offer one or both of the following financial incentives to new full-time residents:

  • Kansas income tax waivers for up to five years
  • Student loan repayments up to $15,000

To find out if you are eligible for the incentives or to explore the ROZ further, visit the Kansas Department of Commerce website now.

Rural Opportunity Zones – On the Blog
Read up on the Rural Opportunity Zones program through our blog:

Rural Opportunity Zones Website Scholarship
If you are a member of a ROZ, you may have found your way to our website through the ROZ website scholarship application. Welcome to Love Small Town America. As you can see, we believe in growing a bright future for small town America and we’re passionate about sharing the advantages of rural life with the world. It’s important to have a professional, comprehensive web presence to communicate your assets to your online audience; especially since you’re recruiting new residents! We’re happy to answer any of your questions about Love Small Town America as you prepare your scholarship application. Click here to learn more about the website scholarship and joining LSTA.

The scholarship covers:

  • A 1-year contract for creation and maintenance of a custom website on Love Small Town America for the applying community or county at our annual update package level (a $225 value).
  • If you would like additional updates or to add additional pages, we’re happy to provide a custom package for you. Any charges beyond $225 will not be covered by the scholarship.

Questions? E-mail us at info@lovesmalltownamerica.com

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