2020 We Kan! Conference
Rural is an opportunity: Inventional outcomes
Underwritten by major support from
Project WeKan! , Courtland
Wednesday, March 18, Meridian Center , Newton
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $75
Registration deadline March 9. No refunds after this time.
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Conference Bonus
Tuesday, March 17, 2-7 p.m. $30
Intergenerational Child Care and a Close Up View of Prairy Market

2-3:30 p.m. Tour and learn about Hesston Community Child Care and how they provide intergenerational experiences with the residents of Schowalter Villa.

3:30-4:15 p.m. Opportunity to check in at lodging site.

4:30-6:30 p.m. Tour, discussion, and evening meal at Prairy Market, 601 N. Main, Newton. Prairy Market is is a full line natural foods market, featuring local seasonal and organic produce, and locally sourced specialty meats including beef, bison, lamb, free-range chicken. They also offer prepared items and make a line of food products for wholesale, as well. What are the pro's and con's of working with local producers and serving prepared foods. We'll also talk about their branding, marketing techniques, and online shopping cart. Our evening meal? Chicken pot pie or beef lasagna, salad, and a slice of the local Salted Creamery ice cream pie!
Cut-off for conference motel is today

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Newton (adjoins the Meridian Center)
Block rate is $94 for a single king room and $104 for double queen rooms.
Cut off date is February 24 . Ask for Kansas Sampler Foundation group rate.

For additional lodging in Newton, click here . Get to know Newton here .
Scroll below to see topics,
attendees-to-date, and sponsors!
Topics will be covered in 45-minute breakout sessions, 15-minute Speed Meeting round tables, and a few other short-but-sweet methods. The opening and closing sessions will be pretty cool. You'll learn alot, you'll meet people, you'll get picked up and perked up for doing the hard work of keeping our communities moving forward.

45-minute breakout-session topics (you'll be able to attend three)
  • Database growth and management secrets for fundraising success.
  • Foundational things needed for community success.
  • First steps for child care
  • The beginning of trail development
  • Crowdfunding just got more simple. Bring your project idea!
  • How the state's workforce program can help your rural community
  • Tourism Tidbits that make a Big Difference
  • Unlock your housing brain
  • Hear this for the future of rural health care in your community
  • Ideas and Support for Main Street
  • Art Should Be More Than A Decoration!
  • Community Service Tax Credits Can Boost Your Project! Are you eligible?

Speed-meeting round tables (you'll choose three)
Not all are confirmed yet
  • What are you doing for your 150th?
  • Ask field reps about state programs
  • The impact of a strong recreation and fitness program
  • The impact of land banks
  • Youth entrepreneur challenge, Network Kansas
  • What do you want to ask/tell your Congressman?
  • What's important about the census?
  • Getting your Older-Awesomes involved
  • How do we keep our recycling program?
  • A little green space makes a big impact
  • Coffee shops, craft beer, microbreweries. Are they a big deal?
Registrations as of 02.24.20. Can't wait to see your name on the list!

Barbara Anderson, Kansas Department of Commerce field rep, Topeka
Karen Befort, City of Harper, Harper
Stacy Clark, Rice County Economic Development, Lyons
Randy Collett, City of Marion, Marion
Marian Condray, Cloud County Tourism, Concordia
Pam Crain, Visit Ark City, Arkansas City
Kathie Crispin, Lincoln County Tourism Coalition, Lincoln
Helen Dobbs, Cheyenne County Development Corporation, St. Francis
Taylor Dye, City of Cimarron, Cimarron
Kerri Falletti, Cowley First, Winfield
Mandy Fincham, Kettle Coffee, Beloit
Lynda Fort, Mulvane Revitalized and Renovated Downtown, Mulvane
Dawn Gabel, Lovewell Fundraising, Hays
Dustin Gale, Kansas Department of Commerce (Community Service Tax Credits), Topeka
Pamela Gerbert, City of Harper
Jody Goetz, Kingman Convention & Tourism Board Member, Kingman
Lisa Goodheart, Jewell County Community Development, Glen Elder
Michael Goodwin, Kansas Trails Council, Topeka
Sarah Green, Kansas Department of Transportation, Wichita
Tracee Hamilton, Lincoln County Historical Society, Lincoln
Josey Hammer, Project WeKan, Courtland
Christopher Harris, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Lawrence
Heather Hartman, Mitchell County Community Development, Beloit
Joseph Hirsch, Sunflower State Tours, Hope
Jessica Hopwood, KUMC Rural Health Education and Services, Wichita
Palsley Howerton, Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce
Joy Jensen, Eureka
Bridgette Jobe, Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, Topeka
David Jordan, United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, Hutchinson
Sarah Kleopfer, Hiawatha Chamber and Visitors Bureau, Hiawatha
Tanya Koehn, Child Care Aware of Kansas, Salina
Bonnie Kopper, City of Garden Plain
Sam Kudrick, Visit Coffeyville
Renee Lippincott, Kansas Department of Commerce field rep, Topeka
Bryan Lisbona, Kinfolk Creative, Basehor
Holly Lofton, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Lindsborg
Kimberly McCormick, City of Garden Plain
Tami McGreevy, Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce, Ellsworth
Gloria Moore, Washington County Tourism, Barnes
Erika Nelson, Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, Lucas
Heather Pierson, Kansas Department of Commerce, Topeka
Christy Preston, Network Kansas, Andover
Sasha Randolph, KUMC Rural Health Education and Services, Wichita
Lisse Regehr, Thrive Allen County, Iola
Joni Regnier, McPherson Convention & Visitors Bureau, McPherson
Christen Robinson, Child Care Aware of Kansas, Salina
Jaid Runft, JenRus Freelance, Courtland
Jenny Russell, JenRus Freelance, Courtland
Tami Sauer, Phillips County CVB/Phillipsburg Chamber and Main Street, Phillipsburg
Katie Sawyer, U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall's field office, McPherson
Becky Schievelbein, Clearwater Chamber of Commerce
Leslie Schrag, Kingman County Economic Development
Lea Ann Seiler, Hodgeman County Economic Development, Jetmore
George Semb, Lenexa
Melody Spurney, Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau, Newton
Ashlynn Showalter, Cowley First, Winfield
Gretchin Staples, Rural & Remote, Beloit
Katie Stark, KUMC Rural Health Education and Services, KC, MO
Don Steeples, Just a Farm, Palco
Tammy Steeples, Just a Farm, Palco
Lonnie Stieben, Southern Kansas Telephone, Clearwater
Karen Sturm, Caldwell Area Chamber of Commerce, Caldwell
Ciara Thyfault, NetWork Kansas, Andover
Mollea Wainscott, Dodge City/Ford County Development Corporation, Dodge City
Jordan Waite, Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce, Ellinwood
Elaine Webb, Southern Kansas Telephone
Suzanne Webb, Southern Kansas Telephone, Clearwater
Angie Wells, Phillips County CVB/Phillipsburg Chamber and Main Street, Phillipsburg
Sarah Werner, Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Winfield
Kelly Yarbrough, Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, Manhattan
Danielle Young, City of Cheney, Cheney
If you'd like to fill in one of the blanks below, go to the registration form at conta.cc/2ulWUzv or email marci@kansassampler.org .

Ad Astra sponsors

Meadowlark sponsor

Cottonwood sponsor
JenRus Freelance , Courtland

Bonus Tuesday sponsor

Conference Packet Sponsor
Cloud County Tourism , Concordia

Full-session sponsors $150
LoveWell FundRaising , Dawn Gabel, Hays
Epitome Enterprises, Garden City

Breakout session sponsors $50 (Gives you opportunity to do a 45-second commercial in a breakout session)
2. Project Central , Shari Wilson, Kansas City

Support Sponsors (unlimited)
Kettle Coffee , Beloit
Gloria Moore, Barnes