Category: Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation

#LiveLincolnCounty Photo Contest Winners

2019 #LiveLincolnCounty photo contest People's Choice winner, a rainbow over a blacktop road in Lincoln County, Kansas, by Allison Johnson

The Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation (LCEDF) hosted the first #LiveLincolnCounty Photo Contest in 2019, and accepted over 130 photo submissions from local amateur photographers. The purpose of the contest was to positively promote quality of life in Lincoln County, Kansas. Announcing the 2019 #LiveLincolnCounty Photo Contest winners. (Photo by one of our locals – Allison Johnson)

Returning vacant and dilapidated properties back into productive use

Title image of falling down stone block building with title "Dealing with Dilapidated properties"

Lincoln County is a wonderful place to live and do business but we know we aren’t perfect.  We struggle with vacant and dilapidated properties like so many other communities around the state and country.  Nearly 25 percent of all our housing units are vacant, a number that has been creeping up for quite some time.  …

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Remote-work jobs in computer science, professional fields or support services*

rural and remote

The Rural & Remote program connects Lincoln County residents with remote-work jobs ensuring those who want to live a rural lifestyle can still advance in their careers.

Lincoln County students compete at the second annual Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

Lincoln County 2019 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge winners. Lincoln High School students Libby Huskey and Cassie Aleshire received first place. Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School student Aundrea Haberer took home second, while runners up included Delaney Herold, Taegen Walter, Bailey Evans and Kylie Rahmeier of SLUHS, and LHS student Aubry Donley.

The event, which was March 5, 2019, challenged local high school students to develop a sustainable business idea. A panel of judges, including local business owners and bankers, scored projects. Pictured are the winners of this year’s event. (Photo courtesy of Kelly Larson, Lincoln County Economic Development Director)

Sylvan Grove Public Library’s Downtown Design Assistance project underway

The Sylvan Grove Public Library Downtown Design Assistance project is underway

Library patrons and Sylvan Grove residents are getting excited about the changes happening at the Sylvan Grove Public Library.

Downtown Design Assistance Program

Plans for the Sylvan Grove Public Library’s future expansion is starting to get real! The economic development office’s summer interns met with library staff and a few board members this morning to review schematic designs.

In the spring of 2018, the Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation invited businesses and organizations in the downtown districts of the Lincoln, Sylvan Grove, Barnard and Beverly communities to apply to the Downtown Design Assistance Program. Attractive and well-maintained storefronts and buildings are critical to the survival of small town businesses. Property owners often defer …

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LCEDF announces Downtown Revitalization Projects

Plans for the Sylvan Grove Public Library’s future expansion is starting to get real! The economic development office’s summer interns met with library staff and a few board members this morning to review schematic designs.

By Hailey Dixon for the Lincoln Sentinel Out of 17 applications, eight businesses were selected for the Downtown Revitalization Project by Kelly Larson, Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation Executive Director, members of the LCEDF Board and two interns, Miki Blair and Bethany Pingel. “I am grateful that we were a part of that decision,” Blair …

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Eagle Fiber is on the way

Eagle Communications recently announced a major investment in the community of Lincoln, that will bring high-speed Internet access to residents and businesses. This week, crews recently began installing fiber and electronic equipment to allow speeds of up to 1 Gig. (photo courtesy of Kris Heinze)

College interns share experiences working with O’Hare, LCEDF

Bethany Pingel, Miki Blair, and Drake Koops gain valuable real-world work experience as interns for Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation and O'Hare Law, LLC.

Bethany Pingel, Miki Blair, and Drake Koops are spending the summer in Lincoln, KS, gaining valuable real-world work experience as interns for Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation and O’Hare Law, LLC.

Lincoln County gaining Historic Preservation Fund grant

Photo illustration of Lincoln Avenue in Lincoln, KS, depicting the way the buildings looked a century ago juxtaposed with the current building facades.

Lincoln County is receiving a Historic Preservation Fund reimbursement grant through the Kansas Historical Society to hopefully gain historic status in various places in the county. A study will be conducted in the Lincoln and Sylvan Grove downtown’s to see if the areas could be eligible for any historic designations. (Photo illustration by Kris Heinze)

Dirt work being completed at Lincoln Municipal Airport

Lincoln Municipal Airport runway dirt work underway

A new runway is being installed at the Lincoln Municipal Airport. The runway will be 4,200 feet long by 60 feet wide, which will accommodate larger aircraft landings and takeoffs. According to Clay Haring, Post Rock Aviation Owner, the dirt work underway now was funded by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation Division of Aviation, and Esfeld Construction, Great Bend, is leading the construction.

Live Lincoln County 2018 magazine hot off the press

The 2018 edition of the Live Lincoln County magazine is now available at area advertisers!

Lincoln County and Kansas residents, travelers and readers from across the country now have the opportunity to take a closer look into Post Rock country with the latest online and print edition of the Live Lincoln County magazine.

Winners of the first Lincoln County entrepreneurship competition

Winners of the first Lincoln County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge March 6, 2018

Lincoln Junior-Senior High School senior Dylan Babcock took home first place at the first annual Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge on March 6. The event, which was sponsored by the Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation and Network Kansas, showcased Lincoln County high schoolers and their potential business ideas at the Finch Theatre and Lincoln Art Center. LJSHS and Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School students presented 24 different concepts to 21 judges, who were local business owners, Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation Directory Kelly Larson said. “I was impressed with what the kids put together,” she said. (photo by Kris Heinze)

Lincoln County business leaders attend “Destination Bootcamp”

Six Lincoln County business leaders recently attended the training workshop “Destination Bootcamp,” in Colorado, to learn new ways to attract and increase the number of customers and visitors to the area. Back row (L-R): Jon Schallert, marketing consultant, Jennifer O’Hare, Sue Graham, Kelly Larson, Carly SeirerErrebo, Ronda Mishler. Front row: Alisha DeWitt and Angela O’Bannon. (Courtesy photo)

Six Lincoln County business leaders recently attended the training workshop “Destination Bootcamp,” in Colorado, to learn new ways to attract and increase the number of customers and visitors to the area. Back row (L-R): Jon Schallert, marketing consultant, Jennifer O’Hare, Sue Graham, Kelly Larson, Carly SeirerErrebo, Ronda Mishler. Front row: Alisha DeWitt and Angela O’Bannon. (Courtesy photo)

Redevelopment of the former Lincoln High School

Since 1922, the former Lincoln High School has stood as a cornerstone of the community at the south end of 4th Street. Although it has largely sat vacant since the last class graduated from it in 1996, a group of local citizens organized the 1922 Foundation, a non-profit 501c(3), to purchase the building and work towards redeveloping the building into a new use.