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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 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
  • District 1: Wendell Suelter
  • District 2: Tim Meier – President
  • District 2: Barb Rathbun – Secretary/Treasurer
  • District 3: Tara Kubick
  • District 3: Ronda Mishler
  • At-Large: Susan Wollesen – Vice President

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

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

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