NEWS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Steve Radley
Wichita, Kansas, September 26, 2019 --- NetWork Kansas is excited to announce the addition of Corey Mohn, Executive Director of the Blue Valley Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) and Clare Gustin, Vice President of Member Services and External Affairs for Sunflower Electric Power Corporation, to its board.
NetWork Kansas CEO Steve Radley commented on the board additions, “Corey and Clare bring a wealth of knowledge and a passion for Kansas communities to their work. We are thrilled to have them join the NetWork Kansas Board of Directors!”
Additionally, NetWork Kansas has hired Christy Preston to fill the Product Manager, Rural Entrepreneurship, Western Region position. Preston comes to the organization with nearly four years of economic development experience having worked as the Director of the Thomas County Economic Development Alliance in Colby, Kansas.
Erik Pedersen, VP of Entrepreneurship commented, “Christy was instrumental in growing the Thomas County E-Community during her time as the Director of the Thomas County Economic Development Alliance. I am confident she will be a tremendous asset to our western Kansas E-Communities.”
The board and staff additions come as NetWork Kansas continues to focus on increasing the breadth and depth of entrepreneurship offerings to Kansas communities. In 2019, alone, the organization:
· Announced the transition of the e2 work of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship and its Co-Founder, Don Macke to the NetWork Kansas team creating the new division, e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
· Launched the Kansas Community Investment Fund in partnership with the Kansas Health Foundation
· Celebrated its most successful Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Series engaging 865 students from 48 communities through 40 local competitions
NetWork Kansas is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Kansas that connects aspiring entrepreneurs, emerging and established businesses, to a deep network of business building resource organizations across the state. Partners include economic development organizations, small business development centers, Kansas Department of Commerce field offices, regional certified development companies, technology innovation centers, organizations specializing in minority and women owned businesses and more. For more information, visit www.networkkansas.com.