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Upcoming Workshops
Mark your calendars for these upcoming workshops from the Kansas Department of Agriculture in 2020 coming to a location near Cheyenne County:

2020 Farmers' Market Workshop
Saturday, February 29-Leoti: Wichita County Community Building
KDA coordinates these food safety and market development workshops in partnership with K-State Research & Extension, KDHE, Kansas Department of Revenue and three internal KDA program areas. Farmers' Markets are a great starting point for agribusiness development.

2020 USDA Rural Business Development Grant Agribusiness Development Workshops-Facilitated by our Agribusiness & Market Development Team.
Wednesday, March 4-Colby
KDA coordinates these agriculture focused market development sessions with state and local-level leaders and agribusiness champions.

The National Rural Grocery Summit VII
June 8-9
Hilton Garden Inn-Manhattan, Kansas
Registration will open early 2020
conferences.k-state.edu/ruralgrocery


CCDC News
Thank you to all that attended the Cheyenne County Development Corporation (CCDC) Annual Meeting, held November 18th at the Majestic Restaurant. Many thanks to the Majestic Staff for the wonderful dinner and dessert.
New Officers elected for the coming year are President-Kary Zweygardt (Crossroads Studio), Vice-President-Bud Erskin (Majestic Truck Stop & Restaurant), Secretary-Rebecca Butler (Farm Bureau Financial) and Treasurer-Jason Padgett (Eagle Communications). Additional Board Members are Lila Whitmore (City of St. Francis) and Justin Culwell (Cornerstone Real Estate, LLC).
The big announcement of the evening was the upcoming fundraiser—CHEYENNEOPOLY. Working with a company that has been in business for over 34 years to produce a game, similar to Monopoly, but with local businesses participating, CCDC is taking orders for available spaces on the board. This is a unique fundraising program to promote Cheyenne County and the local business community. Everyone can participate—several sponsor levels. This is a great way for advertisers to get outstanding ad value –this advertising is permanent and targeted to the local families, alumni and guests in the area.
500 of these games will be ordered and sold for $30 each. Advanced game sales are encouraged. The ad deadline is January 10, 2020, in order to have games by March 29, 2020. Spaces range in price from $50.00-$500.00, so every business can participate, and are available now by contacting the CCDC Office at 785-332-3508 or director@ccdcks.com.
All Cheyenne County Businesses are encouraged to participate in this unique game for Cheyenne County. Welcome to the future CHEYENNEOPOLY.
Kade Wilcox with RURAL & REMOTE was here recently to speak with a group of residents interested in working from home, a co-working space, or coffee shop. There are several types of remote work-Technical, Professional and Support. If you think you might be interested in this type of career, or would like more information about Rural & Remote, please contact the Cheyenne County Development Corporation at director@ccdcks.com.
From the CCDC Board of Directors—Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.


Rural and Remote
Stay Home. Come Home.

You shouldn’t have to leave to achieve. Rural and Remote is about connecting people in rural communities to remote jobs as a way of creating pathways back home and opportunities for those who want to stay in their communities!

What is remote work?
Remote work is work done outside of a traditional office environment. It is work that does not require a commute or working from a centralized office. This could mean working from home, a co-working space, or a coffee shop.

We Make It Easy To Find Work You Love
It can seem daunting applying for a new career. Not to mention that you're interested in doing it in an innovative way (remotely). Don't worry — we have a simple process, and we'll walk you through from start to finish.

Types of Remote Work

Technical
These are jobs that require computer programming skills and are often software or web development jobs.

Professional
These types of jobs include things such as: marketing, sales, finance, education, medicine, and high level customer service type jobs.

Support
These jobs include things such as executive assistants, admin support, data entry, and customer service.

If this type of career is of interest to you, please contact the Cheyenne County Development Corporation for more information at director@ccdcks.com.


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 http://www.northwestkansas.org and hover over the 'Tours' link on the Menu to see links to all three videos.


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.


"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: http://www.KansasAtYourService.com
Tourism Division, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism
The official Kansas Tourism Web site
http://www.travelks.com


Half Empty or Half Full
"Is your life half-empty or half-full? What if I chose to find and embrace the silver linings, the life lessons in disguise? What if I chose to let go of the baggage I have been carrying around? The choice in perception makes all the difference." ~ John J. Murphy

We are all blessed with an opportunity to bring greater joy and prosperity to this world. The hand we are dealt simply makes life interesting. The secret to it all is in how we perceive things. Is your life 'half-empty' or 'half-full'? More importantly, what is even 'in your glass,' and how long have you been holding on to it?


After the Big Kansas Road Trip
The Big Kansas Road Trip 2019 Event is over, but people will still come to visit and Cheyenne, Sherman and Wallace Counties will continue to get mention in various publications. It was a great 4 days and visitors and residents all had a great time.

Some comments from visitors included the ones below:

The Arikaree Breaks, the most amazing geological formation you can imagine. You'll definitely think you're somewhere besides Kansas when you turn the corner to the drastic ravines and valleys cut into the earth.

"This scenery is amazing! Next National Park? I'd be willing to bet on it.
Arikaree Breaks"

Our trek into far northwest Kansas also took us to the incredible Arikaree Breaks in Cheyenne County. The dirt road drive through wheat fields and pasture land suddenly opened up to the beautiful canyons and amazing vistas. This alone was well worth the trip.

The Arikaree Breaks is a true Kansas Wonderland.

A dusk stroll at the Keller Pond and River Walk that hugs the Republican River, is a great area for birding.

A couple who discovered the Big Kansas Road Trip were thrilled because they didn't have to call ahead and set up a bunch of appointments. It was already done for them.

Small towns are like a modern-day time capsule, offering a rare peek inside the architecture, commerce, people and pastimes that pre-date the urban era.

Horse Thief Cave, a total surprise and great stop for photos...after crawling through barbed wire.

Three Corners, a spot in the Northwest corner where we could be in three states at once: Kansas, Nebraska, and Colorado. Super cool, huh?

Lunch and killer coffee was from Fresh Seven Coffee.

Wright's Sunflower Oil Tour was a real eye-opener. Who knew that such a small farm could produce such a large amount of sunflower oil. Such gracious hosts and the treats were delicious.

We are Museum fans so the Cheyenne County Museum didn't disappoint. They've done a spectacular job of grouping their treasures in an organized fashion and making it a great experience.

The St. Francis Motorcycle Museum was freaking awesome! Their collection is around 120 bikes, some dating back to the early 1900's. I loved the steampunk look of the old bikes. The museum was packed! Great energy there.

Caddy Shack at Riverside did a fine job of feeding us and provided top notch service.

At Bird City, we were warmly greeted by Jill at City Hall, a beautifully restored 1936 WPA building. With a warm smile and welcoming manner, she directed us to a city park complete with a swimming pool, several great restaurants, and a free community gym.

In St. Francis, we strolled downtown boutiques, and were entertained by a young girl dancing on a downtown sidewalk.

Lesser known facts that came to light included, among other things, that the voice of the Jolly Green Giant, Len Dressler, and astronaut Ron Evans both hailed from St. Francis.

A trek to the Cherry Creek Encampment revealed a fascinating history connected with the sad story of the Sand Creek Massacre in southeast Colorado.

I couldn't get to see everything I wanted to however, I had a great time and got a lot of walking in. Saint Francis artist studio tour was great.

The day ended with us wishing we had just a little more time to explore the wonders of Cheyenne County.

The event's goal is to help us see Kansas with new eyes. Previously we had only ever driven through this part of the state. We learned this is far from drive-through country and found the friendliest folks we have ever encountered, "all excited to share their communities."

Folks that signed in at the various places in Cheyenne County were from Arkansas, Indiana, Colorado, Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Florida, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Costa Rica, Sweden, Italy, Brazil and all over Kansas.

Everyone-Thank you so much for your participation getting ready for the BKRT, during the event and the wonderful hospitality shown to those not familiar with our part of Kansas. You put on a fantastic show, one that people will talk about for a long time.


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