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Ellsworth County Economic Development's Open for Business SPARK Recovery Grants are NOW open.  Applicants should complete their application and supporting required documentation by the deadline of October 15, 2020 at noon.  

The County of Ellsworth and the City of Ellsworth provided $240,000 in grants to local businesses through the CDBG CV program fund.  

County of Ellsworth Recipients:

Moly Manufacturing

Katlyn's Daycare

Kanopolis Drive In Theatre

Siemsen Well Service

Wenz Interiors

City of Ellsworth Recipients:

Sitaram Hospitality LLC 
Mainstream Salon
Thompsons Handmade Country
Nails by Debbie
Refine Design


We were HAPPY to honor our local businesses and had a lot of fun creating and producing this video, highlighting our local businesses who are HAPPY to get back to work and serve their customers.  Turn up your volume and WATCH!

Ellsworth County Economic Development's creation of Gene's Click List during the pandemic has gained a lot of media attention and has resulted in duplicated efforts across the state.  The online shopping mechanism was created to keep the grocery store's staff and the community safe by reducing the traffic in the store during COVID-19.  Here were a few media sources that highlighted Gene's Click List.

  • The Journal (by Kansas Leadership Center)

  • K-State Research & Extension

Join us for a virtual learning opportunity to improve your non-profit, as a board member, volunteer, director, or caring community member.  Topics will include:  Roles & Structure of a Board, Mission & Vision, Board Engagement & Evaluation, Finances & Compliance, and Recruitment & Onboarding new board members.  

Class Dates:  October 19-23 12pm-1pm

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ECED's annual meeting will be bigger and better than ever, and all virtual!  Join us for a BIG event featuring guest speakers from the Kansas Department of Commerce, and our own local businesses who will share their stories of triumph through adversity.  This event is open to everyone, so if you love our local businesses, join us as we celebrate the successes of 2020.  Through adversity is opportunity, and we have captured it in Ellsworth County!

Yes, the new housing project is underway!  Ellsworth County will receive 14 new rental housing units with a possible rental date of January 2021. More information:

3 bedroom, 2 bath

Income Qualified

Single family unit

2 available in Kanopolis, 12 available in Ellsworth

We are so excited to partner with K-State Research & Extension Midway District, Gene's Heartland Foods, and Ellsworth County Medical Center to bring affordable and healthy foods to the community, along with helping our local grocery store!  The program is simple: pre-order your basket for $15.00 plus tax, then pick up your basket on distribution day! 

Recipes are also provided!

As you consider your grocery shopping, be sure and order your Simply Produce basket!

Distributions are the third Friday of every month

Upcoming Events

Community Mental Health Discussion

October 1, 2020 |  12pm

The impacts of COVID19 on our community are real.  Let's talk about solutions together.

ECED Annual Meeting

October 14 6pm

Join us for our annual meeting to hear some great stories from our business community!

Non-profit 101

October 19-23 12pm-1pm

Learn how to get the most out of your non-profit board experience!

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