Kansas Communities Receive Funding for Growth from the Kansas PRIDE Program
Through the PRIDE program, communities identify what they want to preserve, create or improve for the future. The Community Development Committee of the McPherson Chamber of Commerce and the volunteers of the Central Kansas Conservancy have worked with the PRIDE organization through the K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Department of Commerce to accomplish its goals.
“Kansas PRIDE is a volunteer-led organization. This funding is intended to give new and active communities opportunities to get their local program up and running as well as purchase project materials,” said Jaime Menon, extension assistant from the community development in the PRIDE program. “Each community has its own unique structure, culture and assets and Kansas PRIDE volunteers work to bring out the best in their communities and promote what they have to offer. Through the work of these volunteers, Kansas communities continue to thrive and be a great place to live and raise a family.”
Recently, the Kansas PRIDE awarded the McPherson Chamber of Commerce a Growth and Action Grant. Only five awards are given each round, so the award is highly competitive.
Pictured is Executive Director of the McPherson Chamber of Commerce Jennifer Burch, presenting the $200 award to Michele Cullen of the Central Kansas Conservancy to be applied towards the purchase of a “Sunset Bench” and a “Sunrise Bench” to be installed along the Meadowlark Trail.