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"Kansas at Your Service"
"Kansas At Your Service"
The State of Kansas is pleased to announce a, FREE online customer service training class called "Kansas At Your Service". The need for customer service training has been discussed for several years by retail, lodging, and restaurant establishments. They needed and wanted something that worked and we believe we have developed such a tool.
Kansas' tourism industry is one of state's top employers and is a leading contributor to Kansas' great way of life. It encompasses careers in many fields including hotels, restaurants, museums, performing arts centers, convention centers, retail stores, campgrounds, state parks, national parks, visitor attractions, wineries, tour operators and many, many more professions. The continued success of the state's tourism industry directly depends on first class service that will make our visitors' Kansas experience memorable. That's where Kansas At Your Service comes in. The Kansas At Your Service system of customer service will provide the type of service that will keep visitors coming back to Kansas visit after visit.
The Kansas At Your Service program is a statewide customer service training certification program created to support the development of the tourism & hospitality industry through enhanced guest experiences. It provides statewide standardized customer service training, emphasizes the importance of quality customer service in the Tourism & Hospitality Industry, and equips employees statewide with tools and resources to better serve our visitors.
The web-based certification training, available in both English and Spanish, is offered at no charge and after completing the Kansas At Your Service online program a personalized certificate, which is recognized by employers throughout the state as a symbol of expertise in service and knowledge of the key success factors in Kansas' visitor industry, can be printed off.
Once the Kansas At Your Service hospitality course is completed, then the user will be able to move onto the regional destination courses. The Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau and Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway are the two destinations that have been instrumental in getting this program off the ground and running and each have the courses available. Once their regional courses are taken, a completion certificate will be available as well.
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism collaborated with Peter Starks of the Red Global Group, LLC to create motivating yet common sense training modules. The behavioral vignettes deal with those everyday "transactions" which either make or break an otherwise memorable experience. The modules bring it right home, demonstrating that service, attitude, attention and sincerity make the difference.
To take the Kansas At Your Service program or for more information visit: www.KansasAtYourService.com
Tourism Division, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism
The official Kansas Tourism Web site
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CCDC Board of Directors
The Cheyenne County Development Corporation 2017 Board of Directors are:
President: Tye Faulkender
Vice-President: Jason Padgett
Secretary: Tammy Grice
Treasurer: Dennis Weeden
Board Members: Kyle Buffington
Leslie Hook
Lila Whitmore, City of St. Francis
TeaganLandenberger, Student


VA Patients Approved
The Cheyenne County clinics are eligible to treat veterans. Veterans can call 1-885-722-2838 (press option 1 when asked if they are a VA patient, and then press 0) to speak with a representative so an appointment can be scheduled. More information can also be obtained on the hospital's facebook site.


Arikaree Breaks Video
The Arikaree Breaks and other videos that were made by the Northwest Kansas Travel Council and produced by Martha Slater several years ago can be seen by visiting the website www.northwestkansas.org and hover over the “Tours” link on the Menu to see links to all three videos.


Work Opportunity Tax Credit
Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Extended - Includes New Category for Long-Term Unemployed
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a Federal Tax Credit available to employers who hire individuals from eligible target groups.  It is designed to encourage employers to hire and retain veterans and other job candidates with barriers to employment.
President Barack Obama signed into law Dec. 18 an Omnibus Spending and Tax Package that retroactively reauthorized the tax incentive for employers from Jan. 1, 2015, and extended it through Dec. 31, 2019. The WOTC Program has a new target group:  Long-Term Unemployed - individuals who have been unemployed for at least 27 consecutive weeks and who received unemployment compensation.
 Please find the steps below to apply for WOTC.
FOUR EASY STEPS TO APPLY FOR WOTC
1.                  IRS 8850, Page 1
The applicant must complete, sign and date Page 1 of the IRS 8850 on or before the day the job is offered.
2.                  IRS 8850, Page 2
When the decision to hire is made, complete Page 2 (employer section) of the IRS 8850.  If you later decide not to hire, the IRS 8850 should be kept with the company application as long as the application is kept.
3.                  ICF Form ETA 9061
The applicant completes and signs the ICF Form ETA 9061 on or before the first day of work (usually at orientation).
4.                  Within 28-calendar days of the start date:
a)      Submit electronically through Kansas WOTC LiveFile at KansasWOTC.com, OR
b)      Copy both the IRS 8850 and ETA 9061 for your file.  Mail to the following address:
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
ATTN:  WOTC UNIT
1000 SW JACKSON STREET, SUITE 100
TOPEKA, KS 66612-1354
For more information, please contact Ashla Stowe - astowe@kansascommerce.com  or by phone at 785-296-0607


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