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

06.25.20 CONFERENCE UPDATE - Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the conference was revamped and is being presented in virtual format through a weekly series of Facebook Live presentations on a private group page for conference registrants. If you registered for the conference your name has been added to the private group page and can be accessed by clicking here.

UPDATE! Our second "do-alogue", "Building Community Identity through Collaboration" will be held September 30 from 10am-12pm in Baldwin City. 

DESCRIPTION: Historic downtown Baldwin City will be the showcase location for the Kansas Sampler Foundation Do-alogue. Experience their newest park development, Sullivan Square, named after Lucy Sweet Sullivan, Baldwin City's first female mayor and the nation's third female mayor. The hosts will discuss their vision to "create-play -innovate" at the Lumberyard Arts Center and view how the arts create "engaging spaces." We will check out the Baldwin City Library's "Signaling Progress" collaborative exhibit project. Lastly, we will stroll the brick streets to Women's Bridge, an infrastructure project completed by Mayor Sullivan and her "Petticoat Council." They will share how working across organizations realized the discovery of town identity and history that will guide growth and enrich economic development activities. Lunch will be provided in Sullivan Square. Following lunch, you're invited to explore additional historic assets including: Baker University, Midland Depot, Black Jack Battlefield and the Santa Fe trail ruts. To sign up for this in-person event go to https://kansassampler.org/signup/28

Organized and facilitated by the Kansas Sampler Foundation.

Underwritten by major support from the Kansas Department of Commerce, Topeka.

More information

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

A big thank you goes out to all our conference sponsors

Although we weren't able to host the conference in a physical location in 2020, the support by the following donors helped us maintain operations, purchase equipment now used to provide the virtual sessions and gave us a much needed boost during the pandemic. We are and continue to be humbled and grateful for the outpouring of support from both the sponsors and registered attendees.

Ad Astra Sponsor 

Kansas Department of Commerce, Topeka

Meadowlark Sponsor 

Kansas Gas Service, Wichita

Buffalo Sponsor 

Cloud County Tourism, Concordia

Cottonwood Sponsors 

From the Land of Kansas, Manhattan 

JenRus Freelance, Courtland 

Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund, Topeka 

Winfield Convention & Tourism, Winfield

Home on the Range Sponsors

Epitome Enterprises, Garden City 

LoveWell FundRaising, Dawn Gabel, Hays 

Kansas Barn Alliance 

McPherson Convention & Visitors Bureau 

United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, Hutchinson

Sunflower Sponsors

KUMC Rural Health Education and Services, Wichita 

NetWork Kansas, Andover 

Project Central, Shari Wilson, Kansas City 

Sunflower State Tours, Hope

Honeybee Sponsors

Crawford County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Pittsburg 

Hodgeman County Economic Development, Jetmore 

Julie Lyon, Mayor of Stafford 

Kettle Coffee, Beloit 

Prairy Market & Deli, Newton 

Southern Kansas Telephone, Clearwater 

Washington County Tourism, Washington