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Investors join to infuse nearly $1.2 million into Hoke Hotel project

In a commitment to local asset preservation, economic development and entrepreneurship, several community investors have partnered to offer more than $1 million in financing to the Hoke Hotel LLC project in downtown Hutchinson, the Hutchinson Community Foundation reports.

Board votes to allow computer science to count as core math, science credit

Computer science can now be counted as a core math or science credit toward high school graduation per the The Kansas State Board of Education. “This policy change was an important step towards arming our students with critical skills for their future career paths,” said Nick Poels, Director of Remote Work and Entrepreneurship at NetWork Kansas, and the project lead for Ignister – a new initiative designed to enhance computer science opportunity across the state.

The Path of the Kansas Community Investment Fund So Far

The Kansas Community Investment Fund (KCIF) was launched in 2019 as a three-year, gap-financing initiative to tackle health equity issues Kansans are facing. The ideas we tried and changed were essential to progress and created a framework driven by a vision.

NetWorked Partnership for Community Investment Launches to Boldly Solve Community Challenges

NetWorked Partnership for Community Investment seeks to provide a model that connects community development organizations, community foundations, economic development organizations, entrepreneurship support organizations, health foundations, health organizations and minority-led organizations through convenings.

StartUp Hutch Assists in Providing Loan to Fill County Gaps

“This grant provides Reno County with necessary medical services that have not been easily accessible for many in our community,” said Jackson Swearer, Entrepreneur Navigator and Program Director at StartUp Hutch. “It also brings another business to occupy a previously vacant building in Hutchinson and grow our community."

Governor Laura Kelly Announces New Effort to Support Kansas Businesses in COVID-19 Recovery

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that funding provided to Kansas’ hospitality industry through the Hospitality Industry Relief Emergency (HIRE) Fund has been converted from bridge loans to grants.

NetWork Kansas announces its 2021 board of directors

NetWork Kansas announces its 2021 board of directors and welcomes Dr. Robert Weems, Jr., the Willard W. Garvey Distinguished Professor of Business History at Wichita State University.

Ignister Introduces New Advisory Board

Today, Ignister, a NetWork Kansas initiative supported by the Kansas Department of Commerce, announced the members who will make up its Advisory Board. The board will help develop the project as it moves forward, creating access to tech-centric opportunities across the state.

Poels honored with NREDA President’s Award

Nick Poels, received the National Rural Economic Developers Association (NREDA) President’s Award for outstanding support and commitment to rural economic development.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas grants funds to support The Kansas Community Investment Fund

NetWork Kansas and the Kansas Health Foundation (KHF) announced today the first corporate sponsor for the Kansas Community Investment Fund (KCIF) is Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBCKS). BCBSKS will award NetWork Kansas a Blue Health Initiative Trailblazer grant totaling $150,000 annually for the next three years.