Project 17
A Regional Economic Development Initiative

Pittsburg Experiencing Tourism Increase in 2014

Southeast Kansas Tourism Impacts Local Economy

With Southeast Kansas events like the Shrine Bowl and Four States Farm Show coming up soon, the city of Pittsburg has already seen the biggest tourism year the area has ever experienced, according to Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director B.J. Harris. Harris also says for travel and tourism, 80 cents of every dollar spent in a community gets re-spent.

To view the entire article from Four States Home Page and corresponding video please click here.

Pittsburg Trauma Training Today 7/8

Today in Pittsburg, more than 150 people are joining Project 17 and the NYULMC & KVC Midwest Trauma Training Center to learn about trauma and its effect on children and families. The professional workshop is titled “Creating Trauma Informed Systems in Child Welfare and Mental Health”.

Poverty causes trauma which effects the region. Trauma impacts the productivity of employees and the stability of families.


(Above left: Training attendees. Above right: KVC’s Kelly McCauley helping people understand how trauma effects every person everyday.)

Area Radio Coverage

We made a map that lets you see radio stations in the area. Be sure to click on the links to find out more about the station, or in some cases, to stream live content.

Miami County Job Fair 8/7

The first day of summer may have only just passed, but it is already time to start planning for the Thursday, August 7th job fair at Osawatomie High School from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Last year, this event featured more than a dozen employers trying to fill more than 200 positions. About 300 people altogether attended the fair.

The event has moved to Osawatomie High School to allow more space for on-site participants. Discussions with the Miami County Trolley are also currently taking place to help provide transportation for job seekers.

To participate, please complete the registration form and return it to or fax it to (913) 294-9163.


Participation Requested: Project 17 Stakeholder Survey

Project 17 has partnered with the Southeast Kansas Community Action Program (SEK-CAP) to conduct a comprehensive regional assessment of the Project’s seventeen counties.

The survey results will be used to make informed decisions about what the preferred future of the region should look like, rather than guessing what citizens want.

To help achieve this worthwhile goal, please take a few moments to complete the survey, (the link is provided below) and offer honest feedback to the questions posed.

PLEASE ALSO SHARE THIS WITH FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS IN THE REGION.  The more answers that are received will result in better quality information to work with. After the answers are compiled, results will be discussed by the Project 17 Core Team, brought to the attention of County Commissioners and other elected officials, and used to strategically plan for the future.

-Responses are needed no later than JUNE 30, 2014-

Thank you in advance for all you do for the region!


Midwest Manufacturing Competitiveness Workshop

Midwest Manufacturing Competitiveness Workshop

When: Thursday, August 14, 2014
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Where: The National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT) Auditorium
4004 N. Webb Road, Wichita, KS 67226

Who: The Wichita Manufacturer’s Association (WMA) and Wichita State University (WSU) Office of Research and Technology Transfer in a partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Topics will include:

-Manufacturing Competitiveness in the Midwest - Guest speaker Chad Wilkerson, Vice President and Oklahoma City Branch Executive for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, will present data and the Federal Reserve’s view of the market.

-Wichita State Innovation Campus - John Tomblin will discuss what the Innovation Campus will mean for the industry and manufacturing growth and diversification.

Registration: To register ($10 registration fee) please email Jan Baggett at or call (316) 268-1113. Please RSVP by Thursday, August 7th. 

For additional information please visit or For further questions regarding the event call 316.978.6358.

Southeast Kansas counties leaders join to succeed

By Rudy Harper, Reporter - bio | email


Southeast Kansas community leaders met Tuesday to discuss ways to improve the quality of life in the region. The effort is all part of a group called Project 17.

“When we’re faced with such extreme income inequality often times people are trying to make ends meet and don’t have time to become civically engaged,” said Director of Research at SEK-CAP Becky Gray.

Project 17, made up of 17 counties in the Southeast Kansas region, looks to improve the economic prosperity and health in the area.

Tuesday’s presentation featured Youth Leadership Development.

“It takes a village to raise a child, but it takes empowered children to grow that village,” said PSU Professor Dr. Mark L. Johnson.

Pittsburg City Manager Daron Hall says the goal of Project 17 is to give the community the opportunity to network.

“The goal is to basically make connections get people working together, share products, share ideas, share resources, and build a strong financial economy for the folks here in Southeast Kansas,” Hall said.

“If were able to engage our child when their young and offer them the soft skills leadership skills that they need to succeed their more likely than to move forward and get jobs that secure high wages,” said Gray.

More than 600 people are involved with Project 17.

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FREE Trauma Training Opportunity

The NYULMC & KVC Midwest Trauma Training Center are offering a FREE training opportunity related to trauma and how trauma affects all people, especially children, throughout life. The workshop, “Creating Trauma Informed Systems in Child Welfare and Mental Health,” will take place from 8:30AM – 4:00PM on Tuesday, July 8 in Pittsburg, Kansas.

Project 17 has been working with KVC Behavioral Health discussing how persistent poverty causes trauma, and its effect on everyone in the region ranging from businesses, to schools, to human service organizations, to the entire community. This professional training session will feature national experts who will explain how best to handle trauma encountered in the community.

Human resource directors, anyone working with children, and those from human service organizations, law enforcement, or people interested in breaking the cycle of generational poverty will leave this workshop with improved skills to better assist their employees and those they serve.

The workshop will offer extremely high quality training and we are very fortunate to have it available in the Southeast Kansas region at NO COST.

For an informational PDF brochure or to answer questions please email

To register please visit Feel free to share this information with anyone who may be interested in attending.


Small Business Development Workshop Opportunity

There will be an opportunity to learn more about small business development during a workshop on Saturday, June 14th at the Toronto Cowboy Church Community Center from 10:00AM – 12:00PM. The event is open to the public.

The Toronto Cowboy Church Community Center is located at 781 Highway 105 in Toronto, Kansas, 66777.

For more details about the event, or to register, please contact Gina at

Special thanks goes out to Toronto, Inc. for helping to make this seminar possible!