Cowley County Celebrates Sesquicentennial

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Cowley County is celebrating its 150th birthday throughout 2017. Cowley County was officially organized sesquicentennial_logoand named Hunter County in March 1867 and encompassed a larger territory reserved for the Osage Indians.

The county was soon renamed for Matthew Cowley, first lieutenant in Company I of the 9th Kansas Cavalry, and the boundaries changed to present day Cowley County. The first brave settlers came to stake their claims along pristine waterways and among the rolling Flint Hills when the county opened for settlement in 1870.

To mark the county’s sesquicentennial, a traveling display highlighting Cowley County communities, historical events and local folklore will be on display at summer and fall festivals and community events for the public to view.

The final location is Cowley County Historical Society Museum, 1011 Mansfield St, Winfield from November 18 through December 30. The display will be available for public viewing during the museum’s normal operating hours, Tuesday through Sunday from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Questions regarding the Cowley County Sesquicentennial events and activities, contact the county administrators office (620) 221-5402; (620) 441-4502 or Cowley First (620) 221-9951; (620) 442-3094 or email

Business Appreciation Month Reception

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Each year Cowley First and the Winfield and Arkansas City chambers nominate local business to the Ks. 2017 Save the DateDepartment of Commerce for consideration of the Governor’s Award of Excellence. A reception is also hosted to recognize the local businesses during the month of June, Business Appreciation Month. The BAM reception will be held June 22 at Wheat State Winery from 4:30-7:00.

Business being recognized at the come-and-go reception are: Greif Bros., Green Vision/Dr Gail Burden, Reedy Ford, ReJuvv Spa, Skyline Homes, Twin Rivers Developmental Support, Winfield Public Library.

For more information contact Cowley First or the chambers.

Summer Computer Skills Classes

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Cowley First has teamed up with Ark City High School to provide computer skills training for local clip art 1businesses and employees. Intro, Intermediate and Advance Excel will be offered throughout the month of June. More dates may be announced if there is enough demand.Class sizes are limited to 24. Enroll in one or all three. All instruction will be hands-on in the computer lab. Click on the flyer for full class details, topics covered, date and location. If you have questions or want to register, call or email Deb at (620) 221-9951, (620) 442-3094 or

Computer Skills Flyer

Facilities Management Lunch planned for June 7th

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Facilities Mgt Flyer

Cowley First and Mahaney Roofing teamed up in 2016 to bring resources and information to local businesses and front line workers that deal with facility Image result for free facilities clip artmanagement issues. The goal is to gather facility managers, maintenance techs, custodians, project managers and even the financial gurus of your business or organization to discuss and present information on how to plan and prepare for your facilities’ future.

Topics may range from certifications, training, facility planning and benchmarking. We very much want your input so that we may respond to your needs and concerns as we invite quarterly presenters. Continue Reading

Workshop-Are You a Hobby or Business…and Making the Transition

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Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development has scheduled a new workshop directed towards hobbyists, small business owners and those wanting to start a small business. The workshop will be held June 8, 2017 at Tisdale United Methodist Church, 17507 US Hwy 160 from 9:00 am. to 4:00 p.m. Cost for the workshop and lunch is only $10 payable at the class.

Many people have cottage businesses or what we sometimes think of as “a business on the side”. Maybe you have a passion for baking, refurnishing furniture, selling vegetables at the Farmer’s Market or grooming your friends’ pets. Whatever your talent or interest, you may have struggled with the idea of becoming a “legitimate” business.

This workshop is designed to help people make that leap of faith and take their talents and passions to the next level of starting a business. For some people the fear of not knowing what are the correct things to do in the eyes of the IRS and Kansas Department of Revenue stops them from hanging up the business sign and telling the world that they are open for business. For others they are quite content doing it as a hobby, but even hobbyists has taxing responsibilities when selling a product, which will also be covered at the workshop. Continue Reading

Barn Quilt Classes April 14-15, 2017

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April 2017 Classes flyer

Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development will be presenting classes April 14 and April 15. Registration will be accepted until April 3, 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

Classes will be held Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15 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. Continue Reading

WSU CMD classes in Cowley County Announced

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Cowley First-Cowley County Economic Development Partnership will be sponsoring educational seminars to enhance careers and foster workforce development.

Managing Generations in the Workplace, Solving Problems and Making Decisions Effectively and Improving Supervisory Skills seminars will be presented by Wichita State Center for Management Development in Winfield on March 29 and 30 at a reduced cost.

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, the WSU CMD classes will be held in Cowley County at a greatly reduced cost. Attendees may choose to attend one day of their choice for $150 or both days for $275. Registration is being handled by Cowley First with a deadline date of March 15, unless classes fill sooner. Continue Reading

Exciting Year Ahead for Cowley First

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Cowley First, a county-wide economic development partnership of Cowley County, City of Arkansas City, City of Winfield and public-private businesses, has been providing business and community assistance for the past twelve years out of their Strother Field office.

2017 looks to be a particularly exciting and productive year for Cowley First. Cowley First Advisory Committee and Cowley First Business Partners worked diligently to identify priorities to support businesses and grow Cowley County throughout the new year.

Three focuses identified for 2017 are to increase community vitality, business education and job opportunities for county residents.

Internships and work experience for youth and young adults has been on the radar for quite some time, but the urgency to truly meet these needs has been a main topic of conversation as of late. With new department of education requirements through individual plans of study, educators and students need career exploration opportunities. Continue Reading