RCED Hosts Dane Hansen Community Intern


Republic County Economic Development is once again hosting a summer intern and would like to introduce this year’s intern, Kyra Lampe. Kyra’s position is graciously funded by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation Community Internship Program which has partnered with RCED in the past. The program places interns across northwest Kansas communities every summer, and this year, Kyra is one of twenty interns. With the help of a generous grant provided by the Republic County Community Foundation, she will be housed in Belleville.

Building off previous work, housing will be the focus of the internship. She will work with RCED to understand the housing needs in the community and develop a strategy to improve and market the existing opportunities. At the end of the summer, she will present her findings to the community.

“Republic County is seeing brain gain with young families and retirees returning to the area as well as recruitment in healthcare and education positions. The biggest concern is often finding a rental or home for sale. This internship will help RCED survey housing needs for development, promote the NCK Home Ownership Program, promote existing resources, and better coordinate with our housing partners.” Luke Mahin, RCED Director.

Kyra is originally from Jetmore, Kansas and graduated from Hodgeman County High School. She will be a senior at Kansas State University and is pursuing a dual degree in Communication Studies and Political Science with a focus in Public Administration. She is excited to be a part of the RCED team and looks forward to bringing her skills and experiences to the internship position. Previously, Kyra worked as a summer intern for the Dodge City Area Chamber of Commerce as an events and communications intern as well as assisted in the planning of the Dodge City Days Festival. While at K-State, she has worked at the Area Agency on Aging in both the Housing and Fiscal Departments. Most recently, she just completed an internship through the Kansas Legislative Intern Program at the State Capitol for State Representative Brenda Landwehr.

Kyra Lampe states, “Rural revitalization is one of my greatest passions, so when I learned about this program, I immediately jumped on the opportunity. Growing up in a small town in southwest Kansas, I am familiar with the struggle that many rural communities face as they try to sustain and improve themselves. My experiences have given me a perspective that will be invaluable as I do my part to help this community grow and develop. I could not be more grateful for the Hansen Foundation and RCED in making all of this possible.”

To learn more about RCED’s work with housing, visit www.republiccountykansas.com or contact them at rced@nckcn.com – (785) 374-3047.