Rural tourism class graduates
The second round of rural communities recently graduated from the "Rural Kansas: Come and Get It" classes conducted by the Kansas Sampler Foundation. The Aug. 18 to 19 classes were designed to help promote rural communities in a collective and dynamic manner.
Representatives from Barnes, Cawker City, Coldwater, Concordia, Dexter, Ellinwood, Ellsworth, Great Bend, Gypsum, Herington, Jamestown, Lincoln, Lindsborg, Marquette, Marysville, Oak Hill, Oakley, Tribune, and WaKeeney attended the two-day rural tourism course held at the Finch Theater in Lincoln and the public library in Salina. The two-day requirement included a three-hour exploration by participant teams.
Graduation makes a community eligible for a free community page on the "Rural Kansas: Come and Get It" website. The website is not yet available to the public.
Funded by a $50,000 grant from the Kansas Department of Commerce Travel & Tourism Division, the classes are free and are designed specifically for volunteer-led communities, though any size community may participate.
The two-day class featured learning the Explorer mindset, researching community Explorer assets, social networking, photography, and website maintenance.
Five more two-day classes will be held around the state. The dates are Sept. 16 and 17 in Wetmore and Topeka; Sept. 23 to 24, Winfield; Sept. 29 to 30, Norton/Phillipsburg; Oct. 6 and 7, Ulysses; and Oct. 14 and 15, Fredonia/Greenbush. Those interested should go to the Kansas Sampler Foundation website at kansassampler.org. Registration is necessary.
Director Marci Penner said, "There is a great deal to see and do in rural communities if people know how to explore. The "Rural Kansas: Come and Get It" website will not only tell what there is to see and do in towns of every size, but it will help people know how to explore, and social networking will be used as a tool to help the world "get" or understand rural culture."
The intent of the collective promotion is to help keep rural communities viable.