Mobile Grocery Truck Survey

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Cowley First is requesting community input regarding ‘Anchor Market’, a mobile grocery truck to service rural Cowley County.  Based upon results from this survey, communities will be selected to be served by the grocery truck. In addition your input will also help determine the best days and hours for the Anchor Market to stop in or near your community. The survey is also a great opportunity to provide input regarding grocery items to be offered on the truck as well as bring any concerns to our attention as we want to best serve your needs.

Anchor Market will make regular stops in rural Cowley County to provide the convenience for residents to purchase groceries without having to travel a great distance.

Thank you in advance for completing the online survey.

Anchor Market Survey

Facilities Management Luncheon

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Cowley County Facilities Management group will be meeting April 18, 2018 from 11:30 a.m.1:00 p.m. in Winfield for a luncheon sponsored by Cowley First, RAB Lighting and GraybaR.

Doug Harwood, RAB Lighting, will be presenting on LED Lighting; the cost savings for facilities and planning for these types of improvements.

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. Continue Reading

Barn Quilt Class offered – April 20 & 21

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Barn Quilt Classes in Cowley County Announced

Once again, Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development will be presenting barn quilt painting classes Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21.  Registration will be accepted until April 6, 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 at Tisdale Methodist Church, 8 miles east of Winfield at 17507 US Hwy 160. Attendees may choose to make a 2 foot, 4 foot, 6 foot or an 8 foot barn quilt.

Class times for 2 and 4 foot quilts are 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. Those interested in painting larger quilts may start Friday during the scheduled class times and complete on Saturday if necessary.

Cost for the class is as follows: (2’) $40; (4’) $75; (6’) $150 and (8’) $175, 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.

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Youth Employment Project Meetings Scheduled

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Youth Employment Project is a community-wide collaborative that works with businesses, nonprofits,community organizations & government agencies to connect young adults to a first job or work experience opportunity! The meetings are scheduled on Monday, March 5th at 11:30 am at Winfield Chamber of Commerce in Winfield at 123 E. 9th Ave, and at 4:30 PM at Ark City Water Plant Meeting Room at 400 W. Madison. RSVP to cowleyfirst@cowleycounty.org, or call 620-221-9951/620-442-3094.

Cowley County Childcare Survey

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Childcare Survey has been closed, we appreciate your participation!

Do you have dependents? If so, please take a few minutes to complete this survey of 14 quick questions at the link below!

A coalition of volunteers are interested in improving early childhood learning outcomes for all children in Cowley County, and is gathering information about the current childcare needs. The results of this survey will help us determine the feasibility of the local need for childcare facilities, as well as determine areas of concern that may need to be addressed in access to childcare. Thank you in advance for your feedback!

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RISE Cowley Bike Rack Design Contest

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RISE Cowley is sponsoring “Bike Rack Design Contest” for youth in Cowley County, ages 5 – 18 (and their families). If your design is selected, they’ll pay to have it built and installed! Suggested size is between 6 – 8 feet long and suitable to secure at least 4 – 6 bikes.

Here’s the link to the contest details and entry form: Bike rack design contest form.

Good luck!

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2018 Cowley County Job Fair has been rescheduled to March 1!

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The Cowley County Job fair has been rescheduled due to the weather. However, the annual event will still be held at the the same location and time, at Cowley College Brown Center – Wright Room, 215 S 2nd Street, Arkansas City on Thursday, now March 1, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

With 21 local businesses offering a wide variety of positions including manufacturing, law enforcement, maintenance, construction and a broad range of jobs in the medical field, employers will be meeting with job seekers and accepting resumes and applications at the event.

Businesses include: Arkansas City Police Department, City of Arkansas City, Conco Construction, Cowley County Sheriff’s Office, Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, Easter Seals Capper Foundation, Express Employment, Four County Mental Health, Galaxy Technologies, KanPak, KSOK Radio, Kansas Department of Corrections/Winfield Correctional Facility, Mosaic, RCB Bank, S and Y Industries, Silgand (formerly WestRock), South Central Kansas Medical Center, SouthWind ResCare, The Arnold Group, Twin Rivers Developmental, USD 465, USD 470, William Newton Hospital and Western Industries. Continue Reading

KDOL Understanding Regulations Workshop-FREE

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KDOL Understanding Regulations

Kansas Department of Labor is partnering with Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development to present a free workshop “Understanding Regulations” in Cowley County.

KDOL Understanding Regulations an overview of the Kansas unemployment tax requirements including the following; Unemployment Insurance (UI) Tax Liabilities, Process to Apply for a Unemployment Insurance Tax Account, Steps for Filing Tax Returns, New Hire Information, State Information Data Exchange System (SIDES and SIDES E-Response), and to clarify the difference in classifying a worker as an employee or an Independent Contractor. Continue Reading

Facility Management Luncheon

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Facility Management Luncheon

Could You Survive a Disaster Power Point Presentation

Business Continuity Plan Template

January 24, 2018

Physicians Pavilion Basement, 1230 E. 6th Ave, Winfield

Cowley County Facilities Managers group will be meeting January 24, 2018 in Winfield for a luncheon and presentation by Brian Stone, Cowley County Emergency Management.

Area employers are invited to send their facility managers to this free presentation and luncheon, sponsored by Columbia Elevators and Cowley First, 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, January 22nd 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.

Supervisor Skills Training Workshop

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Improving Supervisor Skills

April 5, 2018

Physician’s Pavilion Basement. 1230 E. 6th Ave, Winfield

Supervisor Skills Outline

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 Thursday, April 5, 2018.

Class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Winfield Physicians Pavilion, 1230 E. 6th 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 27, unless the class fills sooner. Continue Reading

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