Economic Development

Mission Statement

The mission of Trego County Economic Development is to increase Trego County's economic base and the standard of living of its residents through the retention, expansion, attraction, and development of businesses and jobs. This includes the promotion of workforce, agricultural, and other business advancement that provides economic diversification and stabilization.


We offer assistance to new and existing companies/businesses interested in expansion or relocation within the county.

  • Site selection
  • Commercial property listings
  • Industry and workforce data
  • Local, regional, state, and federal incentives
  • Small business development assistance

News & Announcements 

Head to our Business & Community Resources Tab to find out more of our information.

Application for the Paint-The-Town program. Please fill out and bring into the Economic Development office or email Cheryl Gibson directly. 



A New Day for Old 40 LogoA New Day for the Old 40 is a new campaign created by the Trego County Economic Development. 

This is being introduced as an opportunity to celebrate the history of The Old 40 - the Main Street of America. Businesses along and/or near the Old 40 throughout Trego County are invited to take part in efforts to brighten up Barclay in WaKeeney and on the 40 throughout the county. 

Further, if any businesses are considering transition - such as sale of the business and/or the building itself, owners are welcome to contact Cheryl to find out upcoming options to take part. 

All businesses are eligible for "lot clean up" assistance as we ready ourselves for an Investor Invitational in April 2023. Visitors/Investors will see this exciting occasion (during Buzzard Bash 2023), see what Trego County has to offer, and become a part of our community! 

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  • Please view this Small Business Loan Program Flyer that is available through our office. Applications will be available January 31, 2022. Applications will be received by the Trego County Economic Development Office, and evaluated by the TCED advisory Council at their regularly scheduled meetings; the 2nd Wednesday of each month beginning February 9th, 2022. 


  • Several Loan Programs/Grants require a Business Plan be submitted with your application. Additional free assistance can be secured through the Kansas Small Business Development Center's Website. All assistance is free, just start up an account and the Kansas SBDC will be a valuable resource for you! 


  • Attention Business Owners! Are you looking for additional workers - check out this job posting resource from Kansas Works! Whether you are seeking full or part time help, general labor, skilled labor, professionals, etc. This site is for you! 


  • Join Wichita S.C.O.R.E. for an afternoon of inspiration work-life balance strategies, & fun wine/food tasting finale. Cheers to Entrepreneurial Empowerment! 

    Healthy Mind, Body & Business Conference 2022 
    Register to Attend on Thursday, April 21st at 1:00pm 
    Early bird pricing ends today, April 7th! 

    This biggest event of the year will feature Cathy McClain as our keynote speaker, with a "Hands, Head, Heart - Courageous Leadership" presentation, a panel discussion on work-life balance, and a fun food & wine tasting finale. See our presenters and schedule. This event will be packed with entrepreneurial energy, featuring a lineup of powerful presenters and a fun wine & food tasting finale. Tell your fellow 'womenpreneurs' and get your tickets now!