Communities Graduate From Sampler Foundation Class

Communities Graduate From Sampler Foundation Class

'Rural Kansas: Come and Get It' classes help towns learn to promote.

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 

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