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Community Health Needs Assessment

To: Pawnee County Community Members

Subject: Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) 2015 Online Survey

Pawnee Valley Community Hospital is partnering with other community health providers to update the 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment. (Note: This assessment update is a follow-up to meet the final IRS regulations released on 01/02/2015, requiring all 501(c)(3) hospitals to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment and adopt an implementation strategy at least once every three years).

Your feedback and suggestions regarding community health delivery are very important to collect in order to complete the 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment and implementation plan updates.

To accomplish this work, a short online survey has been developed at:

The due date for the CHNA 2015 survey completion is Tuesday, February 24th. All responses are confidential. Thank you in advance for your time and support in participating with this important request.

Giving Tuesday in Larned

Plans include giving day to build local endowments, matching funds

(Great Bend, Kansas) We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.

Golden Belt Community Foundation has become a partner of #GivingTuesday, a philanthropic movement focused on celebrating a new tradition of generosity. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

Hoping to channel the generous holiday spirit, the Golden Belt Community Foundation will host an in-person giving day to build local non-profit and community endowments. Over 35 organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties have signed up to participate in the GBCF’s Giving Tuesday campaign called “Give Where You Live”. Individuals, families, and businesses are encouraged to donate in-person at the following locations in each county:

Endowments are a forward-thinking and sustainable tool to support local philanthropy where the principal is invested and the earnings are used to further a charitable purpose or support a charitable organization. Organizations establish endowment funds to permanently support their operations and programs.

“We know that endowment is a great way to work toward long-term sustainability of our local charitable organizations, so that they will be around to serve the next generation in the Golden Belt area,” said Christy Tustin, Executive Director, Golden Belt Community Foundation.

Your gift will mean even more to local organizations because the GBCF has raised a matching pool of $30,000 and will proportionally match gifts to participating endowment funds only on Giving Tuesday. The matching funds will be awarded on a pro-rata basis depending on the total amount of gifts received on December 2nd. Additionally, special incentive grants are available to the organization that receives the most gifts to their endowment fund and to the organization that has the most unique donors give to its endowment fund.

With over $14.7 million in total assets, the Golden Belt Community Foundation has been assisting donors with their charitable giving goals and working with area non-profit agencies since 1996 in an effort to build better and stronger communities in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties. For more information about Give Where You Live or about the Golden Belt Community Foundation contact Christy Tustin, Executive Director at (620) 792-3000 or visit

What is #GivingTuesday exactly? It’s a global movement during the holidays dedicated to charitable giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are synonymous with holiday shopping. The goal of #GivingTuesday is to encourage people everywhere including retailers, charities, online organizations, community centers, individuals and families to come together with one common purpose — to help others and incentivize ways to give more, give smarter, and celebrate the great American spirit of generosity through charitable contributions and volunteerism. Learn more at

Pawnee County is Named an E-Community

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Contact:            Anne Dewvall                                                                          For Immediate Release                           316.425.7059

Pawnee County Named as a NetWork Kansas 2014 Entrepreneurship (E-) Community; Awarded $75,000 in Tax Credits to Create Local Loan Fund for Entrepreneurs

November 4, 2014 — NetWork Kansas announced that Pawnee County was selected as a 2014 Entrepreneurship (E-) Community and has been awarded $75,000 in tax credits, enabling the Pawnee County E-Community to raise $100,000 to be loaned to local businesses. Pawnee County joins a group of forty-eight communities.

“We in the Larned Community and surrounding area are excited to have been awarded this designation. Being an E-Community is an important step forward in our pursuit to revitalize the community of Larned and the surrounding area. Our goal is to empower our community members and potential entrepreneurs and give them the resources they need to be successful and the E-Community will be yet another approach for us to support those individuals,” says Benjamin Ramsey, Branch Manager, Vice President at Bank of the West.

The E-Community partnership, now in its seventh year, has grown from six communities in 2007 to forty-eight in 2014. The NetWork Kansas E-Community partnership allows a town, a cluster of towns, or an entire county to raise seed money for local entrepreneurs through donations from individuals or businesses within the community. During the first six years of the E-Community partnership, more than $7.9 million have been raised. These funds are estimated to generate more than $41 million of investment in rural businesses across Kansas.

The Pawnee County E-Community leadership team includes: Jamie Holopirek, Lauren Long, Brian McVay, Ty Racette, Benjamin Ramsey, Tyson Steffen, Charles Tabler, Pam Taylor, Dennis Wilson, and Bob Wetmore. The leadership team will determine the strategy and vision for the E-Community. A separate financial review board will evaluate prospective loan applications from local businesses.

“It’s exciting to add these four innovative communities to our E-Community family,” says NetWork Kansas Director of E-Communities Erik Pedersen. “Across the state, more than 500 local leaders and volunteers from four dozen Kansas communities participating in the E-Community Partnership are helping to grow a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

Pawnee County has until mid-December to raise donations in exchange for the tax credits it has been awarded. Interested donors should contact Lauren Long about tax credit availability. The tax credits are valued at 75% of donations and offset state income tax liabilities for individuals or businesses.

These funds will then be available beginning in January 2015 to be awarded to local businesses as matching loans. In addition to the establishment of the E-Community loan fund, Pawnee County will also complete a series of strategic activities during 2015 designed to enhance the effectiveness of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in order to drive long-term economic growth.

A total of four communities were named as 2014 E-Communities. The following communities were granted a collective total of $325,000 in tax credits, enabling them to raise $433,333 to be loaned to local businesses in their community. The 2014 E-Communities are: Cherokee County, Girard, Pawnee County, Riley County/Manhattan.

Since 2007, NetWork Kansas E-Communities have loaned or granted $5.3 million to businesses in their communities through this funding source and leveraged an additional $27.3 million dollars, for a total investment of $32.6 million dollars into businesses in E-Communities. This funding has spurred the creation or retention of 1,370 jobs in these same communities and has immeasurable positive effects on the entrepreneurial ecosystems of these participating areas.

To learn more about the Pawnee County E-Community, Contact:

Lauren Long

(620) 285-6916


To learn more about the E-Community Partnership, Contact:

Erik Pedersen, Director of E-Communities



About NetWork Kansas:

NetWork Kansas was established as a component of the Kansas Economic Growth Act of 2004 to further entrepreneurship and small business growth as a priority for economic and community development in the State of Kansas. Backed by more than 500 partners statewide, the NetWork Kansas service promotes an entrepreneurial environment by connecting entrepreneurs and small business owners with the expertise, education and economic resources they need in order to succeed. For more information about NetWork Kansas, visit, or call 877.521.8600.

PCEDC Offers Business Training Course

The Pawnee County Economic Development Commission will be hosting a business training course on Thursday, November 13th. The course will run from Noon until 1:15 pm (75 minutes in duration) at 502 Broadway in Larned, Kansas.

This course is great for anyone who wishes to create a framework for a future business idea. Plus, is FREE and open to everyone!

Register here:


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Kanstarter Project Underway!

NEWS RELEASE                                                                                   October 23, 2014

TO: Statewide interest

FROM: Marci Penner, 620.937.2101,


Dirt, planets, owls, and fire all come together for the launch of Kanstarter, an online crowd-funding site that will match Kansas community projects with people who wish to support with donations or volunteerism.

The Kansas Sampler Foundation and the We Kan Network announced that their newest project is now live at Director Marci Penner said, “This is a ground-breaking site for all community-doers who work extremely hard to make things happen but are sometime just lacking critical mass in bringing projects to fruition.”

Kanstarter opens with four pilot projects from the communities of Burdett, Plains, Wilson and Yates Center. Funding goals range from $5,090 for land for a nonprofit grocery store in Plains, the home of the World’s Widest Main Street, to $18,900 for a marquee restoration project in Wilson.  The marquee was severely damaged in a fire that demolished the 1901 Czech opera house. Remains of the stone building will be converted into an amphitheatre but the first phase of the project is the marquee restoration.

Pawnee County’s Burdett is planning to fix and enhance a public miniature golf course with $10,900. As a nod to their most famous citizen Clyde Tombaugh, the discoverer of Pluto, the free course will have a solar system theme.

Yates Center, located in southeast Kansas, is seeking $7,600 for an archway in the first phase of their recreational trail project.

The public will find a description of each project, a video, and an itemization of the funds needed at Volunteers are also sought to help build the archway for the Yates Center trail project.  A second tab titled “help needed” shows the various skills requested.

“The Burdett community is excited to be given the opportunity to be a pilot project for Kanstarter,” said Lauren Long. “We hope this project will extend beyond the reaches of our community, so that it may become a neat attraction for all Kansans to enjoy.”

Penner said, “Communities earn their way to Kanstarter status by involving all generations in the planning process, by concentrating on creativity, and by doing things in a way that will help stimulate energy and involvement in their town. This is not free money. Communities work hard behind the scenes to get to this point.”

The pilot phase of Kanstarter will end in early January. At that point, the site will be opened to eligible community projects from Kansas towns of any size. For more information, read the Frequently Asked Questions section of the site or e-mail

“Dynamics are such that when everyone is pulling together, our entire state is stronger. Kanstarter provides an opportunity for lots of people to chip in a little bit and act as cheerleaders for these towns as they work so hard to survive and thrive.” Penner continued, “This could not have happened without the vision and dedication of Reflective Group who developed the site and the support from the Kansas Department of Commerce tax credit program. This is a great day for Kansas towns.”

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