Columbus, Kechi, Bel Aire, and South Hutchinson have been awarded a share of $58,000 in funding from the Community Capacity Building (CCB) Grant Program administered by the Kansas Department of Commerce.
The program is designed to support collaborative community development planning activities in Kansas cities or counties under 50,000 in population. Collaborative community development planning means that the community has formed both an active partnership among the key community-based organizations dedicated to developing a shared vision for the future and a plan of action to achieve that vision.
CCB may be used to develop a plan, market analysis, or feasibility study toward one or more of the following long-term outcomes: growth, diversification, conservation, revitalization, and redevelopment. Approved communities must provide 20 percent in matching funds to the project.
“These communities are very deserving of this funding,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Part George. “Many smaller communities have a vision to expand economic development or improve some facet of their services to residents. The Commerce Department is happy to be a partner in achieving their goals.”
The four communities and funds awarded are:
Columbus ($25,000) will create a plan an economic and community development plan in conjunction with a consulting firm and local civic organizations. The plan will be used to attract new business development to the community.
Kechi and Bel Aire ($25,000) will develop a joint plan to deliver basic city services to residents in both communities. They hope to achieve significant cost savings through the project.
South Hutchinson ($8,000) will create a comprehensive economic development plan to better position the community to benefit from the region’s Siemens wind nacelle production facility.