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WSU VISTA-Stafford Co. EcoDevo-Community Development VISTA
Stafford County Economic Development strives to achieve local economic growth by fostering employment opportunities, improving housing, and cultivating amenities that improve quality of life that encourage population growth. VISTA members will assist in planning and coalition building efforts that encourage business development, expand cultural amenities, and guide public investment. Housing provided in a loft apartment for $250 month in St. John, where a brand new, $3.8 million, community-led grocery store / pharmacy/ fuel center/ deli and convenience store is opening October 2018. Other amenities in Stafford County include a community theater featuring new release movies, a dozen restaurants, two fitness facilities, an indoor pool available with membership, community festivals, three school districts, a 9 hole regulation-length public golf course that has green fees of $15 a day and $20 cart rental all day. Over 22,000 acres form Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, a migratory waterfowl refuge with an inland salt marsh & sand prairie that provides opportunities for wildlife viewing, biking, and hiking. This county of 4,000 residents has relaxed lifestyle, yet life can be as active as you choose for it to be. Leadership, volunteer, and social opportunities exist outside of AmeriCorp service in civic groups such as Young Professionals, IOOF, Chamber of Commerce, in coaching youth activities through recreation commissions, organizations such as 4H and Boy/Girl Scouts, and 22 churches. High school activities are a gathering point for the community and provide opportunity to interact with citizens of all ages throughout the school year. Three community colleges are within 30 to 50 miles, along with regional retail shopping options. The city of Wichita, with major entertainment venues, is a 90-minute drive.
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Member Duties : Primary Duties 1: Collect data necessary to update a countywide housing profile and assemble it into a written report. 2: Consult with the cities of St. John, Stafford, Hudson, Macksville, and Stafford Co. 3: Consult with city governments to document policies to utilize land banks. 4: Gather information from property owners to create databases that document property specifications. 5: Research business creation opportunities that would create employment. 6: Based on research, test business opportunity in the shared workspace by developing prototypes of products, defining financial requirements for start-up, and finding a permanent location for the business. 7: Research and write a policy manual for ongoing governance of the facilities and programs. 8: Do fundraising for needed building renovation, equipment, and program overhead costs, to include grant writing and organizing fund raising events. 9: Carry out local entrepreneurship development program.
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Training ,  Housing ,  Living Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development ,  Entrepreneur/Business ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Housing ,  Community Outreach ,  Health . 
Skills :
Community Organization ,  Business/Entrepreneur ,  Public Health ,  General Skills ,  Public Speaking ,  Leadership ,  Social Services ,  Writing/Editing ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Law ,  Communications ,  Computers/Technology ,  Team Work . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

WSU VISTA-Stafford Co. EcoDevo-Community Development VISTA

Program Start/End Date
04/13/2020  -   04/12/2021

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations KANSAS  

Accepting Applications
From  01/14/2020  To  03/20/2020 

Contact Ashlee Bevan
210 E 3rd Ave
St John   KS   67576
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 81137