The bi-annual We Kan! Conference will be held Wednesday, March 13, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Webster Conference Center near Salina. Organized by the Inman-based Kansas Sampler Foundation, the conference is for rural leaders, doers, and advocates interested in community development and Explorer tourism.
Sessions topics include community kitchens, leadership, renewing rural strength, promoting your restaurant or retail shop, hosting bicycle events, organizing a Kansas wine event, Pinterest, an alternative to credit card machines, designing murals, billboards, the PowerUp Movement, Kansas product marketing, and much more.
Breakout sessions on March 13 will address community collaboration and bringing community groups together for the common good of their town; efforts to put together regional activities such as the K-96 June Jaunt or the U.S. 36 Treasure Hunt; ways to improve housing in rural communites; forming an ad hoc business roundtable; effective communications; designing buy-local campaigns.
Participants will also be able to choose five 15-minute "speed sessions" and learn about projects that groups in communities across Kansas have undertaken that might work for their town. Each group of about seven people will be able to interact with the presenters to learn about their experiences.
On the afternoon of Tuesday, March 12, a half-day session will feature the latest about cloud and mobile communication as it relates to promoting and planning for your community and attractions. Kevin Case, Inman superintendent, will lead the fast-paced interactive session.
Additional activities include a tour of the innovative teen center in Salina, a wine reception at Small World Gallery in Lindsborg followed by a meal at the newly-opened Swedish Crown.
The March 13 conference is $65; the March 12 technology session is $30. To register or get more information, go to kansassampler.org or call 620-585-2374.