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Cowley County Visitors Guide-Advertising Opportunity

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The Cowley County Tourism Alliance – a partnership of Winfield Convention and Tourism, the Arkansas City Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Cowley First, and others – is developing a regional visitors’ guide that will serve as a promotional piece for tourism-related businesses in the Cowley County region. 

We have joined forces, once again, with the Winfield Publishing Company to produce a guide that will not only promote tourism opportunities in area, but also will be used to promote Cowley County as a top tourism destination in the region. It will be distributed throughout the state and available for use as a marketing tool for area businesses. This guide will be available online. 

The small, pocket-styled guide will showcase the many outstanding attractions, events, lodging facilities, dining establishments, destination shopping and recreation opportunities in the county. Additionally, it will include feature stories from each community — Arkansas City, Eastern Cowley County, Udall and Winfield — pertaining to each of these categories.  Continue Reading

Free Workshop- “Starting a Business”

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If you are thinking of starting a small business, this workshop is a great place to begin.  This workshop offers essential information about marketing, management, and money that will help you assess the feasibility of your idea and start writing your business plan.  We will also discuss how you can access free assistance from the Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC). Continue Reading

Barn Quilt Classes this Summer

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Here is your opportunity to make a barn quilt! Three class dates and locations are scheduled this summer. All classes start at 9 am.  Saturday, July 18th at Udall Community Building; Saturday, July 25th at Atlanta Cornerstone Church and Saturday, August 22 at Winfield Chamber.

All supplies are included. Cost is $35 for a 2′ x 2′; $50 for a 4′ x 4′; $100 for a 6′ x 6′ and $150 for an 8′ x 8′. You may come with a pattern of your choice or select one from our files.

Advanced registration is required. To register call the Winfield Chamber at 620-221-2420 or email If you are interested in doing a barn quilt larger than a 2′, please register early-at least 3 weeks in advance-so we can accommodate you.

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How to Become a Better Team Member Class

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Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development has partnered with Wichita State Center for Management Development to bring workforce development classes to Cowley County.  

How to Become a Better Team Member will be offered June 23 at a cost of $100. Deadline to register is June 16th.  The class will be held at the South Central Kansas Medical Center, also known as the Ark City Hospital, in the community room from 8 am to noon. If the class fills, a second class will be offered that afternoon.

How to Become a Better Team Member, led by Dr. Don Hackett, covers practical methods an employee can use to begin the blending process of becoming a more effective team member. Topics covered includes: defining a team versus a group, the role of personality in teams, decision making and tam based organizations. Continue Reading

2015 Discover Cowley County Treasure Hunt

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2015 Treasure Hunt Location Clues

The Cowley County Tourism Alliance kicks off the annual Discover Cowley County Treasure Hunt on May 18 and continues through September 11.  This is a unique summer event that highlights quirky sites, historical stops and local favorites.  Treasure hunters seek out ten locations across Cowley County, which can be completed in a weekend or found throughout the summer.

This is the 6th year that the treasure hunt has been organized with new treasures to find each year. Many are located on the back roads or in parts of the county that local residents have never visited before. The treasure hunt is an inexpensive and fun way to spend time with family and friends or to take visitors new to the area. Continue Reading

Volunteers Needed to Paint Barn Quilts

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Cowley First has partnered with Volunteer Kansas to host a Barn Quilt Block Party on May 30th starting at 9:00 am. Cowley First is seeking volunteers to help paint barn quilts, which will be hung and displayed on barns across Cowley County and will be added to the Cowley County leg of the Flint Hills Barn Quilt Trail. The painting event will be held at Tisdale Church, 17507 US Hwy 160, located 7 miles east of Winfield.

A barn quilt is a quilt design painted on sign board, hung on a barn or outdoor structure, preferably viewable from a public road. Cowley County is one of twenty-two counties participating in the Flint Hills Quilt Trail; a trail formed to celebrate agricultural heritage, promote rural pride and attract visitors to the area.

The “Barn Quilt Movement” started in Ohio when a daughter wanted to honor her mother and her Appalachian heritage by having a painted quilt hung on her barn. This simple idea has spread to over 48 states and to Canada with over 7000 quilts participating in the organized American Quilt Trail, which includes over 200 quilts on the Flint Hills Quilt Trail and 35 on the Cowley County leg. Continue Reading

Business Appreciation Month Luncheon

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June is “Business Appreciation Month” across the State of Kansas.  Cowley First, Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce, Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Winfield Main Street partnered to nominate outstanding businesses in Cowley County for consideration of the 2015 Kansas Business Appreciation Awards presented by the Kansas Department of Commerce. 

The following area businesses were nominated: Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, Country Mart, Eagle Nest, Inc., Grouse Valley Grill, Legacy Regional Community Foundation, Kansas Veterans’ Home, and RCB Bank. Continue Reading

Cowley County Dining Survey-Please complete

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Complete anonymous survey by clicking here.

Cowley First prepared a survey regarding restaurant options in Cowley County and is requesting local residents over the age 18 to participate.The following topics will be addressed: 1) Why are people leaving Cowley County to dine? 2) What is missing in Cowley County? 

Research shows there is a considerable amount of money being spent on dining outside of the area. County residents spend in excess of $4.9 million dollars on full-service dining outside of the county, according to a recent retail market profile. To support economic stability, Cowley County would benefit from capturing some of the dollars leaving the county.  Continue Reading

FREE Business Workshops

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Cowley First is partnering with the Ark City Chamber and hosting free business workshops in Ark City. All workshops will be held at the Corner Bank Community Room, 125 N Summit St.


Kansas Department of Revenue Tax Specialist Carl York will join us on April 22nd for two tax workshops. The first class is directed towards contractors and will address sales tax issues that pertain to contractors and sub-contractors such as plumbers, electricians and roofers. Carl will discuss how sales tax applies to materials and labor, the use of Project Exemption Certificates and explain the process of filing sales tax returns and billing. Click here to register for this free class. Continue Reading

Cowley County Job Fair

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Cowley County Job Fair will have 22 businesses with job openings for all skill levels and expertise. Click here to see a full list of businesses and resources that will be present and a partial list of job listings and descriptions. Jobs postings are being added every day!