Wichita, Kansas, June 16, 2010 - NetWork Kansas announced today that it will coordinate and provide matching funds for the launch of an Economic Gardening pilot program for businesses in rural communities throughout Kansas. In addition to existing NetWork Kansas funds, NetWork Kansas also received a $50,000 Rural Business Enterprise Grant from USDA Rural Development to help fund the pilot program.
NetWork Kansas has collaborated with an Economic Gardening Working Group convened by the Kansas Department of Commerce Rural Development Division since the fall of 2009 to determine the pilot program's objectives, scope, and criteria for evaluation. Current members of the working group crafting the vision and direction for this pilot program include representatives from the following organizations: Advanced Manufacturing Institute at Kansas State University; Kansas Department of Commerce Business Development Division; Kansas Economic Development Alliance; Kansas Inc.; Kansas Small Business Development Centers; Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation; NetWork Kansas; Western Kansas Rural Economic Development Alliance (wKREDA); and Wichita Technology Corporation.
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