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Professional Development Courses

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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.  

Managing Time and Multiple Priorities will be held Sept 24thand Improving Supervisor Skills will be held Oct 1st. Both classes will be at Cowley County Mental Health, 22214 D Street in Strother Field from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.

Cowley First has discounted the cost of the classes to $100 for Managing Time and $75 for Supervisor Skills; more than half-off of the Wichita State price. Continue Reading

Hunt for Local Treasures

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Cowley State Fishing Lake Waterfall

With the holiday weekend approaching, the annual Discover Cowley County Treasure Hunt would be a great way to spend time with your family and weekend guests. To date over 100 local tourists are participating in the treasure hunt and discovering many of the hidden gems in Cowley County.

Participants decipher clues provided by the Cowley County Tourism Alliance, and then seek out the tourism site where they take a photo of his or herself or their fellow hunters at the location described. 

This year the Cowley County waterfall at the Cowley State Fishing Lake east of Arkansas City and west of Dexter along Highway 166 is one of the ten treasures. With the recent rainfall, the waterfall is flowing at full force and is a beautiful site to see. Few residents are aware that there is a publicly accessible waterfall, which is one of the reasons for the annual treasure hunt; to bring awareness of fun things to do and see in Cowley County.

Treasure hunters are asked to be cautious when taking pictures at the waterfall and to take the picture from the top of the waterfall.  For the safety of the participants, CCTA does not encourage or expect photographers to take photos from the bottom of the waterfall. Continue Reading

Supervisor Skills 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.  

Improving Supervisor Skills will be offered for a second time this year on October 1st. Cowley First has reduced the cost of the class from $219 and is offering the class for only $75. Deadline to register is September 22nd or until the class fills. To date more than 240 employees have attended this interactive and high demand course in Cowley County.

Improving Supervisor Skills, led by Dr. Gerald Graham, is designed for the newly promoted supervisors, soon to be promoted team leaders and managers that find it necessary to get work done through their employees. Experienced supervisors should attend to review and update their skills. Attendees will appreciate the refreshing insights given in this one-day program. Continue Reading

Cowley County Marketing Plan RFP

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Cowley First is seeking bid proposals for a countywide marketing plan with a primary use of workforce recruitment. A Communication Plan, developed by Dotty Harpool of Wichita State University, was completed through targeted research. Proposals should include strategies on how the firm will develop the recommended items described in the following Communication Plan. Continue Reading

Galaxy Technologies wins top honor

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Gov. Sam Brownback recognized Galaxy Technologies of Winfield with the Governor’s Award of Excellence and Kansas Aviation of Independence with the Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award at the annual Team Kansas Awards Banquet in Wichita on Tuesday, June 17.

The two awards are the state’s top business honors and are the culmination of Business Appreciation Month, the Department’s annual statewide tribute to Kansas businesses for their contributions to the state. The event is sponsored the Kansas Department of Commerce and Team Kansas, a group of business leaders who promote the state as a desirable business location. Continue Reading

Best Western Plus now open

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Best Western Plus north of Arkansas City at Patterson Parkway opened for business Saturday, June 21. The first hybrid hotel in the nation features both extended-stay and standard rooms. Reservations can be made at 620-307-6767.

Barn Quilt Class a Success

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The Cowley County Tourism Alliance held two more Barn Quilt 101 Classes June 19 and 22 at the Winfield Chamber of Commerce Board Room. The class was $35 with all materials provided.

The Cowley County Tourism Alliance is sponsoring the “Barn Quilt 101″ classes to encourage participation in the art of barn quilt blocks, promoting agritourism and rural pride through the 22 county region of the Flint Hills. Those interested in barn quilt blocks may follow the art movement in the Kansas Flint Hills at www.ksflinthillsquilttrail.com. For more information about the barn quilt trail, or for information on future classes in Cowley County, contact the Winfield Chamber office at 221-2420, or email tourism@winfieldpartners.org.

For pictures of the barn quilt classes held in Cowley County, follow the Cowley County Tourism Alliance on Flikr.

Galaxy Technology Finalist for Governor’s Award

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The Kansas Department of Commerce has named 24 Regional Business Excellence Award winners and 76 Merit Award winners as part of Business Appreciation Month, the Department’s annual celebration of Kansas businesses and their contributions to their communities and the state economy.

The 100 businesses were nominated for one of four categories: manufacturing/distribution, service, retail and hospital/non-profit. Five of the 24 Regional Excellence Award winners have been named finalists for the Governor’s Award of Excellence, the top award given to a business by the state, which will be announced June 17 at the Team Kansas Awards Banquet in Wichita.

“This year Galaxy Technologies was a clear choice as a nomination for the Business Excellence Award. Their commitment to the community, their employees and their customers has a positive impact on our local economy,” said Deb Firebaugh, Cowley First administrative assistant.  “Winfield and Cowley County are very proud of the accomplishments and growth of Galaxy.” Continue Reading

Waldecks Recognized as Cowley County Outstanding Older Workers

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Retirement isn’t in the cards – at least in the near future – for two Cowley County residents, who recently were recognized by Cowley First with its Outstanding Older Worker Award.

 Cowley First director Kerri Falletti and administrative assistant Deb Firebaugh presented James Leslie “Les” and Edith “Edie” (Childs) Waldeck the awards, which are presented to those workers who – over the years – have been passionate about the improvement of the Cowley County.

 “Cowley First was thrilled to honor Les and Edith Waldeck as Outstanding Older Workers,” Firebaugh said. “We feel it is important to recognize our older workers and all that they do to make our county a better place to live and work.”

 The award was presented to the Waldecks at Presbyterian Manor, where Les Waldeck now resides.  Continue Reading

Wichita State Center for Business Management Classes in Cowley County

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Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development has once again partnered with Wichita State for Business Management to bring classes to Cowley County. A 2014-2015 class schedule and course outlines are available at www.cowleyfirst.com. Class prices are greatly reduced due to Cowley First grant funds. Register for the classes by contacting Cowley First Assistant Deb Firebaugh at dfirebaugh@cowleycounty.org or call (620) 442-3094 or (620) 221-9951.

2014-2015 Workshop schedule and outline

The first class being offered is Leading Teams to High Performance on June 24th at a cost of $100 and the second class is Improving Supervisor Skills on July 15th at a cost of $75.00. Both classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Cowley County Mental Health and Counseling Center, 22214 D Street, Strother Field. Continue Reading

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