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NEWS RELEASE | For Immediate Release
Contact: Nicole Godek
Email
785.673.9855

Love Small Town America Partners with the Kansas Department of Commerce
to Offer Free Web Pages to Kansas Rural Opportunity Zone Communities

Grainfield, Kansas, March 25, 2014 --- Love Small Town America, Inc., an online network for small towns, announces a partnership with the Kansas Department of Commerce (KDOC) to offer Rural Opportunity Zone (ROZ) communities free webpages on www.lovesmalltownamerica.com. The KDOC is sponsoring a limited number of scholarships that pay for ROZ community webpages on www.lovesmalltownamerica.com and membership in the Love Small Town America network. All ROZ communities of a population of 5,000 or fewer are eligible to apply, including cities located within a county whose population is above 5,000. Scholarship applications are available on www.lovesmalltownamerica.com and must be turned into Chris Harris at the KDOC by May 1, 2014.

The scholarship is designed to provide another powerful tool for ROZ communities to recruit new residents by providing selected ROZ communities with a package of webpages to establish a community portal on www.lovesmalltownamerica.com, a growing network for small towns with nearly 1 million hits annually.

Love Small Town America is dedicated to providing small towns with an affordable, 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.

"With the recent expansion of the program in the summer of 2013, we felt it would be a perfect opportunity to help even more rural communities develop more effective websites. The feedback from our first partnership with LSTA was very positive and we are excited to offer another round for our ROZ communities," said Chris Harris, Program Manager at the Kansas Department of Commerce.

During the 2013 ROZ Website Scholarship round, eight communities; four counties and four cities; were awarded website scholarships. Counties: Ness County, Republic County, Sheridan County, and Smith County. Cities: Bird City, Courtland, Hoxie, and Lebanon joined seven other Kansas communities on the Love Small Town America network.

"I'm ecstatic to bring eight fellow ROZ communities to Love Small Town America. This not only means providing a place for their residents and nearby townspeople to go to find information about events and businesses, but also provides more options for the audience that visits the Love Small Town America site looking for a small town to settle in or visit," said Nicole Godek, LSTA CEO.

The company'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.

Scholarship applications must be turned in to Chris Harris (Email) at the Kansas Department of Commerce by May 1. For more information about what the scholarship provides or to get free help filling out a scholarship application, economic development directors and other community leaders are encouraged to contact:

Luke Mahin
Email
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.

About Nicole Godek:
Nicole Godek graduated from Kansas State with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design. Since then Nicole has worked as a designer at large and small firms across the country before founding her own graphic and web design business, StirStick Studio. As CEO and founder for Love Small Town America, Nicole oversees a team of professionals located across the Midwest as she pursues the mission of bringing small town America online and into the future. Love Small Town America assists small communities, businesses, and organizations by integrating cutting edge web programming with modern marketing concepts to make professional web pages affordable for small towns and increasing their reach through the power of the Love Small Town America network.

 
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