Kiowa County's Needs
What is Kiowa County Economic Development Foundation (KCEDF)?
We are a 501
(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to the managed growth and
development of Kiowa County and the welfare of its residents. This
definition is purposely broad so that we are free to respond to the
county needs in a variety of ways, as required. The board of
directors is made up of representatives from Kiowa County, the Towns
of Eads, Haswell and Sheridan Lake, the Eads Chamber of Commerce and
two at-large directors who are elected from our Class “C” members.
This diverse board allows for equal representation across Kiowa
County. KCEDF has one paid employee to administer programs and
carry out the wishes of the board. KCEDF has a vision statement
that, paraphrased, commits to the following:
v Improvement of infrastructures and aesthetics of towns and county.
v Development of natural resources while protecting the environment.
v Expanding technological capabilities.
v Support agricultural backbone while cultivating diversity.
v Utilize and enhance recreation areas.
v Strengthen commitment to education and healthcare.
v Manage growth.
What do we do? We provide assistance as required to individuals, businesses, organizations and local government units in Kiowa County. Examples:
v Focus efforts on local business retention and expansion.
v Technical assistance in providing loans to new and existing businesses that need gap funding. We partner with
agencies such as USDA Rural Development, SBA, CHFA, and SECED.
v Guidance in licensing and financial requirements for new business start-ups as well as direction in preparing
v Assist individuals in applications to programs for low-interest loans for housing rehabs.
v Provide education and training such as our series of beginning computer classes.
v Maintain databases of county information and demographics.
v Maintain a county data book to send to prospective new and relocating businesses. Prepare proposals uniquely
designed for specific businesses.
v Act as liaison between citizens and local, state and federal government agencies and organizations concerning
information distribution, technical assistance, and legislative issues.
v Conduct surveys to determine the needs and desires of county residents.
v Administer special projects that further KCEDF goals, such as: Countywide comp plan, daycare establishment,
feasibility studies, facility plans, and land development.
v Assist organizations and governments in the preparation of grant applications and planning of projects.
What fees do we charge? None, at this time. Normally, the people we assist cannot afford professional services and local governments don’t have the funding to pay for grant writing services. Our operating funds are restricted to contributions from local governments, businesses, organizations and individuals – those people that we serve.