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Local Resources

    Workforce Training

Barton Community College works regionally to provide robust workforce training.  Workforce development is critical to business sustainability, and Barton Community College has the experience, faculty, and industry expertise to meet your company’s needs.  Barton works to fulfill employer needs in high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand areas. 


Job Opportunities

Barton County employers are hiring!  Our area offers a variety of opportunities from CPAs, engineers, marketing managers, to manufacturing laborers, we have hundreds of open roles just waiting to be filled. 


Business Startup

Thinking of starting your own business or needing resources to expand your existing business?  The Kansas Business One Stop is an online platform that will quickly get your business operating and growing.  


Resource & Referral Center

Barton County works hard to connect local businesses to our regional and state partners, including NetWork Kansas, the Kansas Small Business Development Center at FHSU, and the Kansas Department of Commerce.




Economic Development Exemption (EDX)

An Economic Development Exemption from Ad Valorem taxation on real estate and tangible personal property can be made available by a city or county's governing body for up to ten years. The exemptions apply to land, building, machinery, and equipment for new or expanding businesses. Click here for an application. 


Industrial Revenue Bonds

Property financed with the proceeds of an Industrial Revenue Bond (IRB) issue can be exempt from property taxation for ten years. The cost of building materials and permanently installed equipment is exempt from state and local taxes. Harvey County and its cities have been very open to IRB financing over the years.  Click here for an application.


Neighborhood Revitalization Program

The Neighborhood Revitalization Program is a tool for municipalities to encourage aging and deteriorate commercial districts and residential neighborhoods within their communities. Property owners who complete rehabilitation or new construction on residential, commercial, or industrial buildings in the target area can receive tax rebates to increase an appraised value, which results from their work. The cities of Claflin, Ellinwood, Great Bend, and Hoisington have implemented this program in Barton County.


Come Home Reverse Scholarship

Golden Belt Community Foundation offers student loan forgiveness for people wanting to move to Barton County.  This opportunity is for individuals that have graduated college within the last seven years and currently live outside the Golden Belt area.


Quality of Life

Barton County supports the initiatives and efforts of cities across the county and invites people to be a part of broader conversations and to work in a joint effort for quality of life.  Communities act both independently and collectively through a variety of platforms to address a variety of issues.  Cities, Chambers of Commerce, and the Convention and Visitors Bureau all spearhead various events that are sure to keep busy and connected.


Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce

Great Bend Chamber of Commerce

Hoisington Chamber of Commerce



Kansas Wetlands & Wildlife Scenic Byway

Great Bend Convention & Visitor’s Bureau