Local Programs

First Friday - SCORE Help for Small Business

Do you know a small business? Does that small business have 3 hours to devote to learning how to develop higher revenuers and increased business growth? Small businesses who have used S.C.O.R.E. mentors report exactly that. This call is open to the public, please forward it to someone who might benefit. 

This week's First Friday Call: How S.C.O.R.E. can help your small business increase revenue and growth.
The Zoom call is October 1st, 9:30a.m. - 10:30a.m. CT, and requires registration for the event

S.C.O.R.E. (Service Corp of Retired Executives) is a uniquely American organization that synthesizes two historic national ideals: entrepreneurial spirit and volunteerism. Since 1964, S.C.O.R.E. has provided expert volunteer mentoring to more than 11 million entrepreneurs and small business owners. As the nation's largest network of volunteer business mentors, S.C.O.R.E. is committed to helping any person succeed in their small business endeavor.
The purpose of the First Friday e-calls is to increase the local community's knowledge about the experts, education, and economic resources available to help small businesses and entrepreneurs and the towns that love them. All calls are recorded and posted on our First Friday Archive

Industrial Revenue Bonds

The City of WaKeeney and Trego County will consider Industrial Revenue Bonds (IRB's) on a case-by-case basis.

Water & Sewer Infrastructure

The City of WaKeeney's investment on qualified projects will be to provide water and sewer infrastructure to the property line for new development within the city limits.

Rural Opportunity Zone (ROZ)

Trego County Commissioners opted into the program on June 20, 2011. The program took effect July 1, 2011. The program has two main incentives:

  • State income tax credit for up to five years to individuals who move to a ROZ county from outside the state of Kansas. Individuals must not have lived in Kansas for the past 5 years, nor have a Kansas source of income of more than $10,000 a year for the past 5 years.
  • Student loan forgiveness of up to $3,000 per year (up to $15,000 maximum benefit) for individuals who graduate from an accredited post-secondary institution and move to a ROZ county.

Employers are allowed to sponsor their employees and/or hiring candidates for the ROZ.

Looking for a job or looking to post an available position? Check out What Connect NWK has to offer! 

  • Connect NWK is a program of Northwest Kansas Economic Innovation Center (N.W.K.E.I.C.I.). Connect NWK helps people plant their roots in Northwest Kansas, where there's plenty of space to spread your wings and fly. With a range of vibrant businesses, industries, and agriculture to keep the economy humming, we're here to help working professionals chase their dreams, finding the perfect balance of career and convenience on the High Plains.
  • Visit the Connect NWK website

For more information on any of the above programs/incentives, please contact the Trego County Economic Development office (currently vacant) at 785-743-5785, or The Trego County Clerk's Office at 785-743-5773