Supervisor Skills Seminar April 2, 2019

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Supervisor Skills Flyer

Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development Partnership is hosting the ever popular ‘Improving Supervisor Skills’ class. This is another way that Cowley First strives to support careers and foster workforce development.

The Improving Supervisory Skills seminar will be presented by Wichita State Center for Management Development in Winfield on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

Class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce, 123 E. 9th Avenue.  Due to the collaborative effort, WSU CMD classes held in Cowley County are offered at a greatly reduced cost. Supervisor Skills rate is only $150 compared to the campus rate of $249 per day, so a huge savings for local employers. Registration is being handled by Cowley First with a deadline date of March 18, unless the class fills sooner. Continue Reading

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Cowley County Job Fair Feb 28, 2019

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Cowley First will be hosting the annual Cowley County Job Fair on February 28, 2019 at Cowley College Brown Center’s Wright Room, 215 S. 2nd Street. Job seekers may meet with local employers from 3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Cowley First is currently registering businesses for booth space.  Cost for a business to participate is only $50.

Cowley County employers who are interested in participating or have questions may contact Deb Firebaugh at Cowley First at (620) 221-9951 or 442-3094.  Due to advertising deadlines employers are asked sign up by January 31 to participate, but Cowley First will take booth registration until space is filled.

Understanding Opportunity Zones Presentation

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Federal Opportunity Zone Flyer

Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development Partnership will be hosting CPA’s Galen Pfeifer and Taylor Dirks of Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball, Chartered (ABBB) as they present on the topic ‘Understanding Federal Opportunity Zones’.

The free presentation will be held December 18, 2018 at the Arkansas City Water Treatment Plant Conference Room, 400 W. Madison Street, Arkansas City from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Lunch is provided.

The Opportunity Zones tax incentive was established by Congress in the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act as an innovative approach to spur long-term private sector investments in low-income urban and rural communities nationwide.

In May 2018 the IRS released the list of Kansas communities designated as qualified Opportunity Zones, which includes some property in Arkansas City. The December 18th session will present an overview of Opportunity Zones, guidance provided by the Department of Treasury, and planning needed to make Opportunity Zones work for your communities. Continue Reading

Increasing Sales and Profits Marketing Seminar by Jon Schallert

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Marketing Expert and Small Business Strategist, Jon Schallert will be presenting a FREE seminar in Winfield on November 28th from 8:00-9:30 am at Baden Square. Register by calling 620-221-9951 or email to dfirebaugh@cowleycounty.org. Registration deadline is November 23rd, Friday. Learn how to Increase Sales and Profits as a Business Destination!

Cowley County Facilities Management Luncheon

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Cowley County Facilities Management group will be meeting November 7, 2018 from 11:30 a.m.1:00 p.m. at the Winfield Public Library, 605 College Street. Area facility and project managers are invited to the free lunch event for a presentation on pavement maintenance and preparing for the upcoming winter season.

Jacob Wayman, Cornejo Construction Business Development Director, presentation titled ‘Pavement Maintenance-Your Guide to Parking Lot Bliss’ will not only cover important issues including snow and ice removal but will also encompass maintenance worries that can lead to costly damage if not addressed properly.

Cowley First, Conco Construction, Cornejo Construction and Mahaney Roofing are hosting and cosponsoring the luncheon. In addition to Wayman of Cornejo Construction, other area experts will also address weatherization issues during the presentation and luncheon.

Area employers are invited to send their facility managers, maintenance supervisors and workers, project leaders and financial directors to this free presentation and luncheon for the opportunity to network with others employed in the same field of work.

The luncheon is an effort by Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development and Mahaney Roofing to grow a Facility Managers network in Cowley County to provide support to local facility mangers and planners as well as maintenance technicians. The Cowley County Facilities Management Network gathers over lunch on a quarterly basis and invites speakers to present a topic that aligns with one of the eleven core competencies of facilities management.

RSVP is required by noon, November 5th to attend and should be directed to Deb Firebaugh at Cowley First via email dfirebaugh@cowleycounty.org or call (620) 221-9951 or (620) 442-3094.

Fall Barn Quilt Class

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Barn Quilt Class Flyer

Once again, Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development has organized a barn quilt class for Friday, November 9, 2018. Registration will be accepted until October 31, unless the class fills sooner, as space is limited. Anyone interested in attending a class or wanting to be made aware of future classes may contact Cowley First by calling (620) 221-9951 or (620) 442-3094 or email dfirebaugh@cowleycounty.org.

Classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Tisdale Methodist Church, 8 miles east of Winfield at 17507 US Hwy 160. Attendees may choose to make a 2 foot or a 4 foot barn quilt.

Cost for the class is as follows: (2’) $40; (4’) $75; which includes all supplies. Attendees may bring a pattern or choose a pattern at the class. Barn quilts are painted on Medium Density Overlay board (MDO), also known as sign board, which is appropriate for outdoor use and painted with high-quality exterior latex paint.

Anyone from Cowley County or the surrounding area is invited to register for the barn quilt classes. The barn quilt does not have to be hung on a barn nor does it have to be added to the trail; though quilt trail applications will be available at the classes for those that would like to have their quilt added to the maps and websites.

The barn quilt craze has inspired many people to proudly display quilts on their businesses, fire departments, schools, swimming pools, city and community buildings and garages in addition to the traditional barn.

Information on barn quilts and maps of their locations in Cowley County along with other tourism information can be found at Visit.CowleyCounty.org or picked up at the Arkansas City and Winfield chambers.

Barn Quilt Kits

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Just in time for the 2018 Cowley County fair, Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development has a limited number of barn quilt kits for sale.

For the third year, the Cowley County Fair has a Barn Quilt class, class number 78. To increase the number of entries at the far, Cowley First is selling barn quilt kits. Cost of a kit is $40 which includes a 2 foot primed barn quilt board, choice of paint colors, paint brushes and instructions. A selection of quilt patterns is also available or the painter may choose their own.

To reserve and make arrangement to pick up your kit or to inquire about other barn quilt kit sizes currently available, call Cowley First at (620) 221-9951 or (620) 442-3094 or email dfirebaugh@cowleycounty.org. Office location has changed to the Cowley County Courthouse.

Business Appreciation Month Reception

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June is “Business Appreciation Month” across the State of Kansas.  Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development Partnership, Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce and Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce partnered to nominate outstanding businesses in Cowley County for consideration of the 2018 Kansas Business Appreciation Awards presented by the Kansas Department of Commerce.

Businesses were nominated in one of four categories: Manufacturing/Distribution, Service, Retail, Hospital/Non-Profit .

Consideration for a business to be nominated includes business expansion, successful employee retention and recruitment practices, capital investment in Kansas and support of local activities including education, community events, and economic development and leadership programs.

The following area businesses were nominated and will be honored at a June reception: Cowley CourierTraveler, Emerald Bank, John’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Shindigs Bar and Grill, Steamy Joe Coffee Shop.

The public and business community is invited to attend the reception recognizing our local businesses.  The Business Appreciation Month celebration will be held Thursday, June 7 at Wheat State Wine Co, 23622 Springhill Farm Dr., Winfield.

The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. with award presentation at 5:00 p.m. RSVP is requested by June 4.  Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and wine and beer available to purchase by the glass.  Contact Cowley First at 442-3094 or 221-9951, or email dfirebaugh@cowleycounty.org if you plan to attend.

Facilities Management Luncheon

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Cowley County Facilities Management group will be meeting June 13, 2018 from 11:30 a.m.1:00 p.m. at the Winfield Chamber of Commerce, 123 E. 9th Ave. for a luncheon sponsored by Cowley First and GLMV Architecture.

Erin Kiser, Laura Heagler, and Jeff Petrick of GLMV Architecture will be presenting on 3-D Facility Management – Documenting Facilities in a 3-D Environment and Integrating Equipment and Maintenance Data.

Area employers are invited to send their facility managers to this free presentation and luncheon for the opportunity to network with others employed in the same field of work.

The luncheon is an effort by Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development and Mahaney Roofing to grow a Facility Managers network in Cowley County to provide support to local facilities mangers and planners as well as maintenance technicians. The Cowley County Facilities Management Network gathers over lunch on a quarterly basis and invites speakers to present a topic that aligns with on one of the eleven core competencies of facilities management.

RSVP is required by noon, June 11th to attend and should be directed to Deb Firebaugh at Cowley First via email dfirebaugh@cowleycounty.org or call (620) 221-9951 or (620) 442-3094.

 

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