The fifth round of rural communities have graduated from the "Rural Kansas: Come and Get It" classes conducted by the Kansas Sampler Foundation. The instruction is designed to help promote rural communities in a collective and dynamic manner.
Representatives from Alton, Beloit, Bird City, Clyde, Downs, Glasco, Leoti, Logan, Lucas, Morland, Oberlin, Palco, Phillipsburg, Plainville, and Stockton attended the two-day rural tourism course held at the economic development office in Norton and the Entrepreneurial Center in Phillipsburg. The two-day requirement included a three-hour exploration to surrounding towns followed by a debriefing at Destination Kitchen in Norton.
Graduation makes a community eligible for a free community page on the "Rural Kansas: Come and Get It" website. The website is not yet available to the public.
Funded by a $50,000 grant from the Kansas Department of Commerce Travel & Tourism Division, the classes are free and are designed specifically for volunteer-led communities, though any size community may participate.
The two-day classes feature learning the Explorer mindset, researching community Explorer assets, social networking, photography, and website maintenance.
Communities can still register for another two-day class to be held in Fredonia/Greenbush on Oct. 14 and 15. Those interested should go to the Kansas Sampler Foundation website at kansassampler.org.