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Cloud County, How it Works Part I

April 21, 2016

The 2016 Cloud County: How it Works program kicked off its first session yesterday. This program was created by CloudCorp and the Concordia Chamber of Commerce as a professional development tool for citizens and employees in Cloud County. The program includes three segments; Government, Industry, and Agriculture. The purpose is to give participants a broader scope of the county where they have chosen to live and work.  


2016 Participants are:


Alicia Fraley, USD 333 Payroll Clerk

Lucas Chavey, Lead Technician, EDP Renewables

David Wiesner, Real-estate sales agent, Century 21

Derrick Heinrichs, Attorney, Condray & Thompson

Monte Wentz, Optometrist, Wentz Eye Care

Ryan McMIllan, Commercial and Ag Loan Officer, Central National Bank

Toby Nosker, News & Sports Director, KNCK Radio

Ambria Gilliland, Development Assistant, Sisters of St. Joseph

Marc Malone, Department Chair of English and Communications, CCCC

Amber Rogers, Executive Director, The Brown Grand Opera House. 


The first session was about local government. The group started with a lunch sponsored by the Seize the Moment grant from the Community Foundation for Cloud County. At lunch, participants heard from County Commissioners Bill Czapanskiy and Gary Caspers, Concordia City Commissioner Marsha Wentz, Concordia Mayor Christy Hasch, Concordia City Manager Larry Uri, Glasco Mayor Kent Studt and Clyde Mayor Terry Koch. The elected officials answered questions about finance, revenues, and challenges for the future. 


After lunch, participants toured the city hall and fire station.



Participants then went to the Cloud County Courthouse where they went on a tour of the building with County Clerk, Shella Thoman. 




Participants were then treated to a visit at the waste water treatment plant. Plant manager Tim Halfhide discussed the changes they had made to the plant, leading to his award as plant manager of the year. We were fascinated to learn that our plant is now a model for the rest of the state. 




We ended our day at the Cloud County transfer station talking with Mike Hake. Mike talked to us about the need to do more recycling to lower the amount of trips we take to transfer waste to Topeka. Cloud County can sell recycled material and make a little money from it versus paying someone to take our trash. 




Our next session will be in June where we will meet with area industrial leaders and tour our manufacturing, service, and warehousing facilities. In September, we will hold our final session on Agriculture. 


This program is intended to be yearly with 10 participants selected each year. It is our hope that this becomes a professional development tool that will allow newcomers an easy transition into the community and chance for existing residents to broaden their base of knowledge about what Cloud County has to offer. 


If you would like to be on the list for next year or have an employee who might be interested, please contact 


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