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: Debra Parmenter
  • District 3: Ronda Mishler
  • At-Large: Susan Wollesen – Vice President


Are you interested in serving on the LCEDF Board of Trustees?

The LCEDF is currently accepting nominations for three positions on the Board of Trustees representing District #1, #2, and #3.  To be eligible to serve, 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 at the link below or at the LCEDF office located in the county courthouse basement at 216 E Lincoln Ave, Lincoln, KS.  Nominations are due in the LCEDF office by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10th, 2021.

Nomination Form for the LCEDF Board of Trustees

Notice of Upcoming Elections
To be eligible to vote in the LCEDF election for Board of Trustees, you must be a registered voter with the Lincoln County Clerk and must live in the district up for election.  Voters may cast their ballot at the LCEDF office between Wednesday, March 17th and Wednesday, March 24th during regular office hours.

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 – [email protected]
Kris Heinze, Marketing Coordinator – [email protected]

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
2014 Strategic Plan

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


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