Date Launched: October 2010
Number of Businesses: 28 (Pilot)
Pilot Program Results:
The Economic Gardening Community Application
NetWork Kansas invites Kansas communities to apply for a new economic gardening program that would allow them to offer high-growth businesses in their area targeted economic gardening engagements as part of the Kansas Economic Gardening Network. The NetWork Kansas Economic Gardening Community Application process will accept submissions from community partnerships (municipalities or countywide) that identify between 3-7 businesses that fit the criteria of the economic gardening program. Up to 9 applications will be awarded matching funds. Of these, 2 community partnerships will be provided to urban community partnerships (municipal population above 50,000).
Additionally, NetWork Kansas has partnered with Mid-American Manufacturing Technology Center (MAMTC) to offer Innovation Engineering engagements to qualified businesses through the economic gardening program. Applications are reviewed monthly, with rounds closing on the 15th of each month.
Communities participating must provide matching funds for economic gardening services and for those wishing to enroll in MAMTC’s Innovation Engineering program.
The value of services available for each business is estimated at $3,500 for economic gardening services and an additional $7,000 for any business that is also participating in the MAMTC Innovation Engineering program. Communities with 7 participating businesses could receive a total of nearly $30,000 worth of matching funds from NetWork Kansas as part of this program.
Application Steps for the Kansas Economic Gardening Network
1. Review the Program Brochure, CEO Info Sheet, and Case Studies
2. If you are applying on behalf of a community, download and complete the Community Application
3. After you have completed your community application OR if you are a resource partner or Entrepreneurship Community applying on behalf of a business, download and complete the Business Application
4. NetWork Kansas will contact you via email to inform you of the status of the application. Further instructions will be provided in the email notification you receive from NetWork Kansas.
Not a partner? Only NetWork Kansas resource partners can access the Kansas Economic Gardening Network. Find out how to become a resource partner here.