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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

Dexter Bass Tournament and Clay Shoot May 2 and 3

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Dexter Bass Tournament and Clay Shoot 2015

Check out these fun events in Dexter May 2 & 3. Bass Tournament May 2 and Sporting Clay Shoot May 3rd.


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!

Workforce Development Training Survey

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Please take a few moments to take a quick survey as we consider several workforce development training options. Cowley First has been coordinating professional and workforce development classes in the county. We would like your input on what training topics and classes interest you or your employer.

Click here to take the survey.

Barn Quilt Class in Ark City

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There is still time to register for the next Barn Quilt class scheduled for Feb 21st in Ark City at the Ag Building, 712 W. Washington. You can make your very own barn quilt ranging from a 2′ to an 8′. The barn quilt craze has hit Cowley County! So do not miss the fun!

Register by Feb 4th by calling the Winfield Chamber at 620-221-2420 or email The class is hosted by Ark City Convention and Visitors Bureau, Cowley First, CCTA, and Winfield Convention and Tourism.

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Cowley County Job Fair Approaching

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There is still time to register for the Cowley County Job Fair scheduled for March 3rd from 9am to noon at the Winfield High School and March 4th from 3:00-5:30 pm at Cowley College Wright Room in Ark City. Cost to participate is $50 per day to offset advertising expenses.

So far the following businesses have signed up to participate: Employers-City of Arkansas City, Four County Mental Health, Easter Seals Capper Foundation, Creekstone Farms, Morton Buildings, Mosaic, MWV, Skyline Corp., The Arnold Group, Western Industries, Conco Construction, Jet AirWerks and Galaxy Technologies. Resources attending- Cowley College, K-State Global Campus, Southwestern College, ECCEL, Workforce Centers of South Central Ks/Cowley Workforce Center, Kansas Works Mobile Unit.

To take advantage of ALL advertising, please register by Feb 9. by emailing

Attn: Employers Who Are Hiring

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There will be a No-Employer-Fee Job Fair at McConnell Air Force Base on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Robert J. Dole Community Center, Building 412, McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas.  This event is sponsored by the Airman & Family Readiness Center.

 The Job Fair will give your company the opportunity to meet highly-skilled, well-trained members of our varied workforce.  Clients include military members, federal employees, family members, military retirees and veterans with a wide range of technical, managerial, and clerical skills that are dependable, disciplined, and reliable.  Continue Reading

Ark City named 8th for families

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Ark City Traveler article Dec. 16, 2014


Ark City was the southernmost city that made the list and it was rated No. 8.

While researching to create the top 10 list, Nerdwallet found several trends, including that highways were easily accessible to the cities listed, the homes available on the market were affordable — none of the top eight cities have median home values higher than $170,000, compared to the state median home value of $127,400 in 2012 — and there were city projects in the works.

All of those are true in the case of Arkansas City, which sits astride two U.S. highways, has a new hospital and had a median home value of $61,200 in 2012.

But the list was compiled with specific criteria in mind.

The three factors that most were taken into consideration for Arkansas City were public school excellence, home affordability and growth. Continue Reading

Cowley County represented at Coffeyville Job Fair

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Cowley County Businesses will be attending the Coffeyville Job Fair on December 18th at Coffeyville Community College. Click here for information on job listings and relocation information.