July 2015


dollargenerallogoJewell County Community Development (JCCDA) is proud to announce the groundbreaking of a new Dollar General Store in Mankato, Kansas.  Dollar General has purchased and finalized the sale of two lots from Mankato resident, Dick Burns which are east of The Buffalo Roam along Highway 36.  The City of Mankato and JCCDA worked with Dollar General representatives to make this very exciting economic growth opportunity happen in Jewell County. 

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May 2015


In honor of graduation, I am going to say something that many of us in Jewell County don’t say enough…we want you back.  The statement, we want you back, is aimed at our Rock Hills High School graduates and Jewell County youth that go to other schools.  We want you back is channeled at all Jewell County alumni. 

grad_capOn behalf of Jewell County Community Development, I extend an invitation to all area graduates to consider, when you are ready, the opportunities we have here in Jewell County.  Opportunities like unmatched appreciation for your entrepreneurial spirit and ideas.  With telecommuting and remote work through the Internet, there are more professional opportunities than ever for working from a rural area and being competitive Nationally/Internationally.  So, work from somewhere with no commute, a safer environment, and affordable housing.  Then travel in your off-time to even more entertainment. 

Opportunities like less restrictive building permits and overhead.  Not to mention access to some amazing and available buildings throughout the County.  Opportunities like succeeding a successful Jewell County business, who’s owner is looking at retiring out.  If you have the talent in the field, professions like plumbers, electricians, carpenters, home builders, and mechanics can make an excellent living.  Sometimes, these professions even make more than someone can with a four-year degree.  Come somewhere where you are valued and appreciated, because after you have been out in life awhile, you find that this is rare. 

This might be something that you don’t hear everyday too, we want you to explore your possibilities.  Yes, we actually want you to go out into the world, go to college, land that amazing job, and travel.  Sometimes you have to see what’s out there to really appreciate what you have in Jewell County.  You need to explore different jobs to develop your skills, learn what you don’t like, and find your passion.  Then if you want to come back (or never leave), do that.  There is no shame in being “Rural by Choice”, it just means you value you things that rural can offer you. 

Our schools claim many accomplished alumni who display an unmatched work ethic and high values in their chosen fields. You don’t have to look far in Jewell County to find them making a positive impact in their industry or community. Some of our alumni were fortunate to make returning home a quick and harmless transition. While others are pioneering their way back, working odd jobs to grow roots, waiting for that opportunity to create their own business, or patiently waiting until that career opportunity arises.

As young people are returning remember they will be our future business, agriculture, arts, civic, and leaders. Many volunteer lead groups and communities follow the 80/20 rule where eighty percent of the committees are led by twenty percent of the people. I can name more than a few people in the county that serve on five or more boards. We need more leaders from all ages to help lighten that load of civic responsibility for these saintly community leaders. We love hearing from our younger generation.

For those looking for fresh ideas, enable young people any chance you can. They want to be involved but many have never been asked. Ask them what brought them back, about their needs, what they would change, and how you can help. People that invest their time in a community are more likely to stay and support that community.

Best of luck to the Class of 2015!

Jewell County Community Development is here to assist you. If we can help in any way, please contact our office at (785) 378-7036 or e-mail us at Also, “like” us on Facebook by searching Jewell County Community Development and stay up-to-date on area jobs, events, news and more.



March 2015

newapartmentsThe new Sunflower Avenue apartments are complete and management is accepting rental applications. The town homes which are located East of Jewell County Hospital in Mankato are brand new two bedroom, two bath spaces.  Also included is a full-size garage.  The town homes are fully handicapped accessible with curb free shower, no steps, and no stairs.

For rental inquiries, contact:

Keith or Bethany Roe

Lor Zadina – Phone 785-378-3407

February 2015

Ribbon cuttings were held for two new businesses in Jewell County during the month of February.  Andy’s Floral and Walker Automotive in Mankato were recognized by the Mankato Chamber of Commerce. Congratulations!

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January 2015

2014 was a great year in Jewell County.  Several new businesses opened including Silverline Diesel and The Scoop.  Still other businesses transitioned from owners that are retiring to the next generation, including J&H Service in Burr Oak.  Cities even got in on the action with water line projects and new visions of community/senior centers.  Check out all of the great news from our 2014 Annual report presentation here:



December 30, 2014

Great news coming out of Burr Oak about a triumphant succession plan! J&H Service is handing over to the next generation! Congrats to Bob and Mike on your retirement and congrats to Jarod and Guthrie on your new business venture!


Bob Johnson and Mike Harris will be stepping down as managers of J & H Service and their sons, Jerod Johnson and Guthrie Harris, will be taking over the positions.
“We will still be J & H, same name, just adding J & H, LLC, to the name,” said Jerod.
“We will still offer the same full line service, will continue the spraying, all of us will continue to farm, and I’m sure Dad and Bob will still be here,” said Guthrie.
“I plan on coming in every day. I’ve made a lot of friends here and I would miss seeing them. It’s been a lot of fun,” said Bob.Read the full story here:


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