We Kan!

2020 We Kan! Conference - "Rural is an opportunity: Inventional outcomes"

05.28.20 UPDATE: Within the next two weeks, we'll announce our alternate plan for the July 22ish time period. We are not taking additional registrations at this time.

Wednesday, March 18, Meridian Center , Newton 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  $75 

Organized and facilitated by the Kansas Sampler Foundation

Underwritten by major support from Project WeKan! , Courtland and Kansas Department of Commerce, Topeka.

Register here. Registration deadline is March 9.

Conference Bonus Tuesday, March 17, 2-7 p.m. $30

Intergenerational Child Care and a Close Up View of Prairy Market

2-3:30 p.m. Tour and learn about Hesston Community Child Care and how they provide intergenerational experiences with the residents of Schowalter Villa. 

3:30-4:15 p.m. Opportunity to check in at lodging site.

4:30-6:30 p.m. Tour, discussion, and evening meal at Prairy Market, 601 N. Main, Newton. Prairy Market is is a full line natural foods market, featuring local seasonal and organic produce, and locally sourced specialty meats including beef, bison, lamb, free-range chicken. They also offer prepared items and make a line of food products for wholesale, as well. What are the pro's and con's of working with local producers and serving prepared foods. We'll also talk about their branding, marketing techniques, and online shopping cart. Our evening meal? Chicken pot pie or beef lasagna, salad, and a slice of the local Salted Creamery ice cream pie!


Topics will be covered in 45-minute breakout sessions, 15-minute Speed Meeting round tables, and a few other short-but-sweet methods. The opening and closing sessions will be pretty cool. You'll learn alot, you'll meet people, you'll get picked up and perked up for doing the hard work of keeping our communities moving forward.

45-minute breakout-session topics (you'll be able to attend three)

Database growth and management secrets for fundraising success.

Foundational things needed for community success.

First steps for child care

The beginning of trail development

Crowdfunding just got more simple.

Bring your project idea!

How the state's workforce program can help your rural community

Tourism Tidbits that make a Big Difference

Unlock your housing brain

Hear this for the future of rural health care in your community Ideas

Support for Main Street Art Should Be More Than A Decoration!

Community Service Tax Credits Can Boost Your Project! Are you eligible?

Speed-meeting round tables (you'll choose three) Not all are confirmed yet

What are you doing for your 150th?

Ask field reps about state programs

The impact of a strong recreation and fitness program

The impact of land banks

Youth entrepreneur challenge, Network Kansas

What do you want to ask/tell your Congressman?

What's important about the census?

Getting your Older-Awesomes involved

How do we keep our recycling program?

A little green space makes a big impact

Coffee shops, craft beer, microbreweries. Are they a big deal?

More information

To see who is coming and learn more about the conference purpose, go here.