Property tax rebates, holiday shopping, destination creation, and… burgers

Neighborhood Revitalization Program renewed

Republic County Economic Development has been busy this fall working with eleven taxing entities including the cities, schools, and county to renew the Neighborhood Revitalization Program. The program provides a five-year tax rebate for new construction that increases the appraised value of your property by $25,000 or more. Eligible for residential, commercial, ag, and industrial projects. You must apply before construction begins to qualify. This program started in 2011, renewed in 20016, and extended from 2021-2025. These projects to date have added $12,844,420 in total incremental value to the county. Applications can be found at the Republic County Appraisers office or online at

Republic County and Kansas Holiday Shopping Guides 

According to the 2018 Small Business Economic Impact Study, for every $1.00 spent at a small business $0.67 stays in the community. Which means when you #ShopSmall it can make a big impact especially considering the challenges all small business have seen in 2020. To help shoppers out, RCED put together this county shopping guide The list provides places you can purchase products, gift cards, or pre-pay for services. There are links to their Facebook Page, website, or contact information. The icons highlight those with an online store, From the Land of Kansas member, or if they were a Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge student business. We hope local, alumni, family, and friends will consider our local options especially now that travel is limited. Remember you can support your local post office by purchasing items locally and shipping them to family as well.

Many of our local businesses were also featured on the Kansas Sampler Foundation’s statewide shopping guide – The KSF mission is to preserve and sustain rural culture and they have help many of our cities, businesses, and leaders connect and learn from others across the state. I would highly recommend the Kansas Guidebook #2 that features pages of Republic County sites and destinations. You can purchase this online or they help you find the local shops who sell it in the county –

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Destination Creation Course scholarships

If your business would like to reach consumers in a 3+ hour radius this course can help you establish yourself as a destination. RCED is offering scholarships for Jon Schallert’s online Destination Creation Course thanks to Network Kansas funding. This course is an online version of the Destination Bootcamp that thirteen people from the county previously attended in Longmont, Colorado. The course covers eight chapters and is offered at various times and dates by multiple facilitators. You have access to 19 webinars and interviews, special COVID-19 HELP NOW webinar + digital pdf workbook. Funding will be available through 2021. Scholarship recipients will be required to provide a short letter to RCED on what they learned from the course. Apply and learn more at

Who has the best burger in Republic County?

The US Highway 36 Association is looking for the best burgers from thirteen counties across Kansas. Each county will vote on their favorite burger spot until November 20th. The winner of each county will be featured in the upcoming Highway 36 Magazine which will be published in Spring 2021. Vote here –

For questions contact Luke Mahin, RCED Director, 785-374-3047 or email