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Commercial Opportunities – Lincoln, KS – FREE

Free commercial properties in Lincoln County, Kansas

Both the City of Lincoln and the Lincoln County Commission have commercial properties available at no cost to businesses who would like to start up or expand. The properties vary in size from approx. 3-40 acres and are either developed (with utilities to the site) or undeveloped (without utilities to the site). Businesses must submit …

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Lincoln County students compete at the second annual Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

Lincoln County 2019 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge winners. Lincoln High School students Libby Huskey and Cassie Aleshire received first place. Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School student Aundrea Haberer took home second, while runners up included Delaney Herold, Taegen Walter, Bailey Evans and Kylie Rahmeier of SLUHS, and LHS student Aubry Donley.

The event, which was March 5, 2019, challenged local high school students to develop a sustainable business idea. A panel of judges, including local business owners and bankers, scored projects. Pictured are the winners of this year’s event. (Photo courtesy of Kelly Larson, Lincoln County Economic Development Director)

Sylvan Grove Public Library’s Downtown Design Assistance project underway

The Sylvan Grove Public Library Downtown Design Assistance project is underway

Library patrons and Sylvan Grove residents are getting excited about the changes happening at the Sylvan Grove Public Library.

2018 Economic Year in Review

2018 Lincoln County Economic Year in Review

At the end of every year, I always like to reflect on the past year’s economic activity.  It’s my way to take a mental ‘deep breath’ before recharging the brain and entering the new year full steam ahead. Here’s my list of happenings over the past year

Lincoln City Hall

The Lincoln City Hall was one of eight summer projects that were part of the Downtown Design Assistance Program. The goal of the program is to work with property owners and develop plans to improve their exterior and/or interior spaces. The proposed improvements for the Lincoln City Hall are shown below.

The Lincoln City Hall was one of eight summer projects that were part of the 2018 Downtown Design Assistance Program. The proposed improvements at the Lincoln City Hall included two options, one with an elevator to utilize space on the second floor and another without an elevator. (Designs by interns Miki Blair and Bethany Pingel)

Lincoln Senior Center

The Lincoln Senior Center was one of eight summer projects that were part of the Downtown Design Assistance Program. The goal of the program is to work with property owners and develop plans to improve their exterior and/or interior spaces. The proposed improvements for the Lincoln Senior Center are shown below.

The Lincoln Senior Center was one of eight summer projects that were part of the 2018 Downtown Design Assistance Program. The proposed improvements at the Lincoln Senior Center include painting the awning and siding, installing a new sign, painting the historic cast-iron columns on each side of the storefront, and adding vinyl lettering to the storefront and door. (Designs by interns Miki Blair and Bethany Pingel)

Lincoln Center Antiques & Collectibles

Lincoln Center Antiques & Collectibles was one of eight summer projects that were part of the Downtown Design Assistance Program. The goal of the program is to work with property owners and develop plans to improve their exterior and/or interior spaces. The proposed improvements for Lincoln Center Antiques & Collectibles are shown below.

Lincoln Center Antiques & Collectibles was one of eight summer projects that were part of the 2018 Downtown Design Assistance Program. The proposed improvements at Lincoln Center Antiques & Collectibles include Removing the infill from the original storefront opening and reconstructing the appearance of transom windows, cleaning the face of the building and repainting, installing a new sign (either as a panel or projecting sign), repairing the door hardware to ease opening and closing, and reglazing the storefront windows to improve energy efficiency. (Designs by interns Miki Blair and Bethany Pingel)

Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce

Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce was one of eight summer projects that were part of the Downtown Design Assistance Program. The goal of the program is to work with property owners and develop plans to improve their exterior and/or interior spaces. The proposed improvements for the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce are shown below.

The Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce was one of eight summer projects that were part of the 2018 Downtown Design Assistance Program. The proposed improvements at the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce include installing a new historically appropriate door, Installing new double-hung windows, repairing and repointing the limestone exterior, painting the door and trim, and a new sign. (Designs by interns Miki Blair and Bethany Pingel)

Labertew Apiaries

Labertew Apiaries was one of eight summer projects that were part of the 2018 Downtown Design Assistance Program. The proposed improvements at Labertew Apiaries include removing the siding to uncover the original storefront, installing a new canvas awning to draw attention to the business, installing new signage to make the business easier to find, painting the metal siding, and repairing and repointing the limestone foundation under the storefront. (Designs by interns Miki Blair and Bethany Pingel)

J&R Feeds

J&R Feeds was one of eight summer projects that were part of the Downtown Design Assistance Program. The goal of the program is to work with property owners and develop plans to improve their exterior and/or interior spaces. The proposed improvements for the J&R Feeds building are shown below.

J&R Feeds was one of eight summer projects that were part of the 2018 Downtown Design Assistance Program. The proposed improvements at the J&R Feeds building include repairing and painting the building’s original pressed metal siding, repairing and repointing the limestone foundation and walls, converting the space that was historically a garage door into an ADA accessible storefront, installing awnings over the storefronts and new signage. (Designs by interns Miki Blair and Bethany Pingel)

Sylvan Senior Center

The Sylvan Grove Senior Center was one of eight summer projects that were part of the Downtown Design Assistance Program. The goal of the program is to work with property owners and develop plans to improve their exterior and/or interior spaces. The proposed improvements for the Sylvan Grove Senior Center are shown below.

The Sylvan Senior Center was one of eight summer projects that were part of the 2018 Downtown Design Assistance Program. The proposed exterior improvements at the Sylvan Senior Center included an updated awning, paint and new signage, and interior plans include updated kitchen cabinetry and island, an ADA accessible bathroom, a new projector and screen and relocating the television. (Designs by interns Miki Blair and Bethany Pingel)

Sylvan Grove Public Library

The Sylvan Grove Library was one of the projects of the Downtown Design Assistance Program. The architecture and interior design plans are shown below.

The Sylvan Grove Public Library was one of eight summer projects that were part of the 2018 Downtown Design Assistance Program. The proposed exterior improvements at the Sylvan Library included installing a new storefront and ADA accessible entrance, a new awning, and new signage, as well as a complete interior remodel as well. (Designs by interns Miki Blair and Bethany Pingel)

LCEDF announces Downtown Revitalization Projects

Plans for the Sylvan Grove Public Library’s future expansion is starting to get real! The economic development office’s summer interns met with library staff and a few board members this morning to review schematic designs.

By Hailey Dixon for the Lincoln Sentinel Out of 17 applications, eight businesses were selected for the Downtown Revitalization Project by Kelly Larson, Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation Executive Director, members of the LCEDF Board and two interns, Miki Blair and Bethany Pingel. “I am grateful that we were a part of that decision,” Blair …

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College interns share experiences working with O’Hare, LCEDF

Bethany Pingel, Miki Blair, and Drake Koops gain valuable real-world work experience as interns for Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation and O'Hare Law, LLC.

Bethany Pingel, Miki Blair, and Drake Koops are spending the summer in Lincoln, KS, gaining valuable real-world work experience as interns for Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation and O’Hare Law, LLC.

Winners of the first Lincoln County entrepreneurship competition

Winners of the first Lincoln County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge March 6, 2018

Lincoln Junior-Senior High School senior Dylan Babcock took home first place at the first annual Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge on March 6. The event, which was sponsored by the Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation and Network Kansas, showcased Lincoln County high schoolers and their potential business ideas at the Finch Theatre and Lincoln Art Center. LJSHS and Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School students presented 24 different concepts to 21 judges, who were local business owners, Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation Directory Kelly Larson said. “I was impressed with what the kids put together,” she said. (photo by Kris Heinze)

Lincoln County business leaders attend “Destination Bootcamp”

Six Lincoln County business leaders recently attended the training workshop “Destination Bootcamp,” in Colorado, to learn new ways to attract and increase the number of customers and visitors to the area. Back row (L-R): Jon Schallert, marketing consultant, Jennifer O’Hare, Sue Graham, Kelly Larson, Carly SeirerErrebo, Ronda Mishler. Front row: Alisha DeWitt and Angela O’Bannon. (Courtesy photo)

Six Lincoln County business leaders recently attended the training workshop “Destination Bootcamp,” in Colorado, to learn new ways to attract and increase the number of customers and visitors to the area. Back row (L-R): Jon Schallert, marketing consultant, Jennifer O’Hare, Sue Graham, Kelly Larson, Carly SeirerErrebo, Ronda Mishler. Front row: Alisha DeWitt and Angela O’Bannon. (Courtesy photo)

It’s a marathon, not a sprint

2017 Economic Review

We can all agree that economic development doesn’t happen overnight. “It’s a marathon, not a sprint”, as the saying goes. With the end of another year upon us, here’s a quick recap of the strides we have made in our marathon towards a stronger county.

Rural Opportunity Zone

Rural Opportunity Zone Business Sponsorship Grants

Lincoln County is one of 77 counties in Kansas participating in the state’s Rural Opportunity Zone (ROZ) program. The program provides financial incentives to recruit new full-time residents into rural counties. There are two types of ROZ programs with a brief description of each listed below.  An individual who qualifies for both incentives can receive …

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Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation

We are a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the economic and lifestyle opportunities for all county residents and businesses. We assist individuals looking to open their own business or grow their existing one.  We collaborate with local governments, community organizations, and volunteers on important issues such as improving housing opportunities, developing travel and …

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