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Released: May 26, 2006

Kansas Communities Roll Out Red Carpet

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Twenty Kansas communities may be primping a bit in anticipation of an upcoming visit by a team of community development professionals.

Each of the communities participates in the Kansas PRIDE Program and each has requested the site visit to show off their success with community improvement, said Dan Kahl of Kansas State University Research and Extension. He co-administers the community development effort with Jeanne Stinson of the Kansas Department of Commerce, a program partner.

Evaluation teams made up of community and economic development professionals, representatives from chambers of commerce and PRIDE Program sponsors who have community development experience, and K-State Research and Extension or Department of Commerce professionals, are scheduled to visit participating communities June 11-14.

“The on-site evaluations allow the communities to show off the many ways they are involving the community in meaningful community improvement projects and to describe how they are building quality, sustainable communities,” Kahl said. The site visits also make participating communities eligible to receive a 2006 PRIDE Community of Excellence Award that includes cash for future projects.

Kansas PRIDE communities currently preparing for the site visits and award evaluation are, in alphabetical order: Almena, Alton, Beattie, Burns, Clearwater, Cunningham, Gaylord, Goff, Greeley, Grinnell, Highland, Lakin, Lenora, Lucas, Melvern, Mount Hope, Olsburg, Potwin, Rossville, Stockton.

The PRIDE Program is a statewide, citizen-based community development effort now in its 36th year. The goal of the program, said Kahl, is to build better communities in Kansas by helping citizens to effectively assess, plan, and engage community members in actively improving the places where they live.

Sixty Kansas communities are participating in the PRIDE community development program this year. More information on the PRIDE Program and the services it provides to Kansas communities, is available on the Web site: http://www.kansasprideprogram.ksu.edu. Interested persons can also contact Kahl or K-State’s PRIDE Program Associate, Connie Hoch, at 785-532-5840 or Jeanne Stinson, Kansas Department of Commerce, at 785-296-2725.

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Story by:
Nancy Peterson
nancyp@oznet.ksu.edu
K-State Research& Extension News

Additional Information:
Dan Kahl is at 785-532-5840 or dkahl@oznet.ksu.edu
Connie Hoch is at 785-532-5840 or choch@oznet.ksu.edu
Jean Stinson is at 785-296-2725 or jstinson@kansascommerce.com