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Economic Development

The Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation (LCEDF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the economic and lifestyle opportunities for all county residents and businesses. The LCEDF assists individuals looking to grow their business or take advantage of business opportunities and also administers several assistance programs such as a low-interest loan program and a grant program. The LCEDF collaborates with local governments, community organizations, and volunteers on important issues such as improving housing opportunities, developing travel and tourism into the county, and attracting and retaining youth and workforce to the county.

Board of Trustees
The LCEDF is managed by a Board of Trustees. Meetings of the board are open to the public so residents and stakeholders have an opportunity to learn about ongoing economic development efforts and provide input on discussions. The Board of Trustees is made of representatives from across the county.  Please see the ‘organization document’ section below for a map of the trustees’ districts.

  • District 1: Craig Stertz – Vice President
  • District 1: Wendell Suelter
  • District 2: Tim Meier – President
  • District 2: Barb Rathbun – Secretary
  • District 3: Tara Kubick
  • District 3: *Vacant*
  • At-Large: Julie Flores

Board Vacancy Notice
The LCEDF is accepting nominations for three positions on the Board of Trustees representing Districts 1, 2, & 3. This is a volunteer, non-profit board meeting monthly, usually the second Wednesday of the month at 9:30am in the county courthouse. Ideal candidates will be involved in the business community, be forward-thinking, positive, regularly checks and responds to email, and willing to discuss new approaches to old and complicated issues.

To be eligible to serve on the board, nominees must be a registered voter with the Lincoln County Clerk and must reside in the district which they would serve. Nominees may be self-nominated or nominated by another voting member who lives in the district. Nomination forms are available in the LCEDF office located in the county courthouse basement at 216 E Lincoln Avenue, Lincoln, KS 67455. Nominations are due in the LCEDF office by 4:30pm on Wednesday, March 13th, 2024.

Nomination Form 2024

If you have questions about serving on this volunteer board, please contact Kelly Gourley, LCEDF Director, at 785-524-8954 or email 

Meeting Schedule
Typically the second Wednesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. in the Lincoln County Courthouse (basement meeting room).  If you plan to attend a meeting, please consider calling beforehand to confirm the month’s meeting date and time.

Kelly Gourley, Executive Director –
Kris Heinze, Marketing Coordinator –

Office Information
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Address: 216 E. Lincoln Avenue, Lincoln, KS 67455
Phone: 785-524-8954

Organization Documents
Board of Trustees District Map

The USDA and the LCEDF are an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

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