What if there was a way for Rush County to establish and build its own endowment - an endowment that would provide annual funding for parks and playgrounds, education, health programs, and anything else that improves our communities?
Rush County has been awarded $100,000 in matching funds from the Golden Belt Community Foundation as part of the FOREVER Initiative, an effort to build community-wide or county-wide endowment funds. Gifts, along with the matching funds, will help build the FOREVER Rush County Endowment. The dollar-for-dollar match has been extended through December 31, 2020.
This is the best time to give and make the most of your gift!
Gifts to the FOREVER Rush County Endowment can be made as follows:
In Person: by contacting one of the committee members (call 785-222-2808 for information)
Mail check payable to:
Golden Belt Community Foundation,
P. O. Box 1911, Great Bend, KS 67530
(Please indicate FOREVER Rush County on your check.)
"FOREVER Rush County" is co-sponsored by Rush County Economic Development and Rush County Chamber of Commerce. Funds are managed by the Golden Belt Community Foundation, Great Bend, Kansas. All contributions are tax-deductible.
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In October, the longtime owner of Rick's Food Store in La Crosse announced that due to personal reasons, he would be forced to close the store at the end of 2018 if a buyer cannot be found. Rick's Food Store is the only grocery store in the county of approximately 3500 people. With over 25 percent of the county's population being 65 years of age or older, the store is a necessary part of the county's economy. Without a full-line grocery store, some residents have stated that they may be forced to move away.
To seek options to keep the store open, Rush County Economic Development held a community meeting on October 29. Over 75 residents filled the conference room of the museum and by the end of the meeting, several options had been presented and citizens pledged to support the store. Ideas were narrowed down to two options. Option 1 calls for community residents to pitch in financially to help a local individual to purchase and operate the store. Option 2 calls for either the local industrial committee or another group to acquire the building and fixtures so that existing store owner can expand into the La Crosse location requiring an initial investment limited to inventory, licensing, and operating cash. A third option, constructing a new building to house a store operated by a small chain was also considered, but due to time constraints, the idea was not brought under serious consideration for the present.
A second meeting was scheduled for November 26 after the ED Director and local committee have had time to research options. Just prior to the meeting, the ED Director received notification from an interested buyer for the store. With assistance from Rush County Industrial Development, the buyer was able to take over operation on January 1, 2019 and Rush County Grocery became a reality. The new owner increased the inventory and made a number of positive changes.