Frequently Asked Questions


What is wKREDA?


  • western Kansas Rural Economic Development Alliance (the "w" is silent)
  • Represents the 55 counties of western Kansas
  • Is a grassroots organization dedicated to the betterment of western Kansas

How Does wKREDA Function?


  • Twelve-member Board of Directors
  • Quarterly Business Meetings Working committees include: Business Development, Government Affairs, Education, and Public Relations

How is wKREDA Funded?


  • Annual membership dues
  • Business Development fees for trade show leads

Who Belongs to wKREDA?


  • Individuals
  • Local Economic Development Groups
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • City and County Governments
  • Certified Development Companies
  • Private Businesses
  • Small Business Development Centers
  • Public Utilities
  • Kansas Department of Commerce
  • Fort Hays State University
  • Huck Boyd Institute for Rural Affairs
  • USDA - Rural Development

What Services Does wKREDA Provide its Members?


  • Website
  • Internet listserv
  • Mentoring among members
  • Educational seminars
  • Networking opportunities
  • Speakers Bureau
  • Legislative advocacy
  • Trade Missions

What Has wKREDA Accomplished?


Educational Seminars featuring:

  • Dairy Recruitment
  • Corporate Farming
  • Water Sources and Regulation
  • Effective Communications
  • Internet Workshops
  • Business Finance
  • Conflict Management
  • Lobbying 101
  • Marketing Your Community
  • Tax Abatements
  • Telecommunications Recruiting
  • Trade Show Training
  • Web Page Design
  • E-Commerce Opportunities

Trade Missions To:

  • World Dairy Expo – Madison, WI
  • World Wide Food Expo – Chicago, IL
  • World Ag Expo – Tulare, CA
  • Syracuse Farm & Equipment – Syracuse, NY
  • Wisconsin Cheese Makers – Lacrosse, WI
  • Dairy Producers – Chino Valley, CA
  • International Call Center Management Conference - Chicago, IL
  • Institute of Food Technologies – Chicago, IL
  • Denver Small Manufacturers Trade Show – Denver, CO

Conferences:

  • wKREDA Dairy Conference – Dodge City
  • Producers Conference – Garden City
  • Dairy University – Garden City
  • Kauffman Foundation Entrepreneurship Training - WaKeeney

Contact Us:


Telephone: (800) 982-3501
Email: wkreda.ks@gmail.com
Snail Mail: PO Box 980, Hays, Kansas 67601