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Economic Development

Western takes pride in supporting economic development both locally and in the surrounding counties.  Western provides opportunity for businesses to purchase or lease property for their ventures and possibly receive financial assistance in doing so.

Western has received Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant monies to both pass through to Rural Development projects, and to fund Western’s Revolving Loan Fund. A total of $464,000 has been loaned to Western as loans to be repaid: One was for a community to construct a community grocery store and café, and one was for a community hospital to expand and correct code deficiencies. An additional $784,000 has been received to loan to projects, and as they have been paid back, to fund the Revolving Loan Fund. Western has also contributed an additional $156,800 to the Revolving Loan Fund.

A listing of the projects follows:


Gove Community Improvement Association

Construct and supply building for dual purpose community grocery store and restaurant.
Plainville
Purchase fire truck for use in city and rural Rooks County and neighboring counties.
Trego County
Purchase six fire trucks (four grass and two pumper) for use in rural Trego County and neighboring counties.
Ellis County

Purchase fire truck for use in rural western Ellis County and neighboring counties.

KD Services
Heating and cooling service expansion with storefront to add retail sales and showroom displays.
Sport Haven

Expansion and refurbishing sporting goods, grocery, gas station and camping supply store including new equipment and remodeling.  Located at Cedar Bluff Lake.

Collyer Community Alliance

Two abandoned buildings for restoration to open bed and breakfast and restaurant/café, as well as location for small retail businesses.

Trego County Hospital

 Leverage and supplement funds for expansion and renovation for code compliance as part of major project for community rural health care.

Gove County Hospital

Installation of sprinkler system and fire protection equipment to maintain availability and code compliance for critical care facility in rural area.

Ness County Hospital

Installation of sprinkler system and fire protection equipment to maintain availability and code compliance for critical care facility in rural area.

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