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We Kan! Conference 2018
What should Kansas look like?
Let's start shaping it!
Wed., March 7, Meridian Center, 1420 E Broadway Ct., Newton
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $75 (fee includes lunch and snacks)
with option for March 6 evening
5:30 p.m. $15
Registration has closed. To be placed on a waiting list email
The sessions are shaping up.  Take a look here.
Confirmed presentations
Breakout sessions. 45 minutes
  • Smartphone video production ...you can do it. Grant Neuhold, Kiowa County Commons Media Center, Greensburg, and Josey Hammer, JenRus Freelance.
  • Social media tips you can use! Luke Mahin & Josey Hammer, JenRus Freelance, Courtland; WenDee Rowe, Kansas Sampler Foundation, Inman.
  • A fitness center that changed a town. Deidre Knight, Council Grove Life Center.
  • Preserving buildings is rewarding! Christy Davis, restorer of buildings, Cottonwood Falls
  • Community cohesion: Learn how to handle difficult voices. Shelley Hansel, Kansas Leadership Center, Wellington.
  • Grant dollars for art projects, especially rural! Peter Jasso, Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, Topeka
  • Ideas and support for entrepreneurs. Simone Elder, Leoti & Sarah LaRosh, Osborne of Network Kansas
  • Share issues of finding health, life, property, and car insurance in rural. LeAnn Crow, Kansas Insurance Department, Topeka.
  • How to create the best brochure--and where to put them. Ruben Schuckman, Central Brochure Distribution, Hays and Judy Entz, Mennonite Press, Newton.
  • Tourism For You and Tidbits for All, Kelli HIlliard, Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism, and others.
  • Pending, but likely. Steps to build and start a day care center.

Speed Meeting Sessions.
There will be a dozen sessions for 15 minutes repeating three times.
  • Help with recruiting medical professionals for rural. Sasha Randolph and Tara Morrow, KU Med - Rural Health Education and Services, Wichita.
  • Want to restore a building? Love preservation? Let's network! And more tools and resources. Kelly Larson, Lincoln County Economic Development, Lincoln.
  • Sharing the work of KSF. Your help is needed! Martha Farrell, First Generation Video, Towanda.
  • Project WeKan!, a crowdfunding site. Josey Hammer, JenRus Freelance, Courtland.
  • Forming a PowerUp group. Stacy Barnes & Grant Neuhold, Greensburg."
  • Federal funding options for economic development. Katie Sawyer, McPherson, for U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall.
  • "Get Rural Kansas" site joins with the state tourism site. Come aboard! Kelli Hilliard, KDWP&T, and WenDee Rowe, Kansas Sampler Foundation.
Marci Penner will present and lead an array of Good Thinkers on topics like:
  • Redistributing the patterns of community involvement and power.
  • New ideas for volunteer-led chambers of commerce.
  • Explorer tourism - just be yourself.
  • A beautiful way to bring diverse groups together.
  • Engaging unique voices.
  • Empower your workers to be effective--and happy.
  • Keep the young people moving in.

The We Kan! Conference will mix elements of the Big Rural Brainstorm into this energetic and positive event designed to promote forward-thinking and action for Kansas communities.

What is the conference about? Dozens of topics that effect communities will be addressed from a success-and-informative standpoint. The added-value component will be discussion about how that particular issue could be reshaped in the future.

Who are the presenters? The presenters will be those among you who have found solutions, great ideas, or pathways that work.

What format will be used? There will be large group, breakout and Speed Meeting sessions. There will be questions on the wall to fill out. Experts will be on call all day. There will be an opportunity for participants to have input. Prompts for discussion will be shared with those who register. In the next couple of weeks, more details about sessions will be shared.

Who should attend? Community leaders, dynamic doers, economic or community development directors, tourism people, entrepreneurs, and chambers of commerce, especially from rural communities. Small communities, this is especially designed for you!

Sippin' and Supposin'
Tuesday, March 6, 5:30 p.m., $15
Norm's Coffee Bar,613 N. Main, Newton

Get a jump on the conference topic by listening to or sharing dynamic thoughts.

Join us for an hour-or-so of discussion at Norm's Coffee Bar about Great Ideas for the future of Kansas! The first drink at the coffee bar is on the Newton Convention and Visitor's Bureau!

After Norm's, the official hangout place will be Moxie's Grill and Brewpub for craft beer and pub food (Moxie's or any other dinner choice is not covered by conference fee).