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Southwind District

Erie Office

111 South Butler
Erie, KS 66733
Fax:  620-244-3829

Fort Scott Office

210 South National
Fort Scott, KS 66701
Fax:  620-223-0332

Iola Office

We've moved!
1006 N. State St.
Iola, KS 66749
Fax:  620-365-7944

Yates Center Office

211 W. Butler
Yates Center, KS  66783
Fax:  620-625-8645



Community Vitality

What differentiates a thriving community from one that struggles?  What formula can be employed by communities to increase their chances of long term vitality and growth?  Through the exploration of key community and economic development interests like leadership, workforce development, entrepreneurship, civic engagement, community planning, and disaster preparedness, Extension agents discover and share evidence-based and promising practices that build upon existing strengths, while responding to community concerns. 

Through various programs, our Extension agents offer a variety of engagement opportunities to help communities not just survive but prosper.  We can help your community become a better place to live, work, and play.

A rural community toolbox website has been launched by the federal government and the University of North Dakota as a resource for funding and tools to build a healthy drug-free rural community.  Rural communities already struggling to attract or maintain businesses feel the major impact of substance abuse on quality of life.  This new online toolbox takes the Federal Rural Resource Guide (June 2020) and puts it online in an interactive format.

On the site, visitors will find funding resources to address substance abuse disorder (SUD), treatment and service options, information, training, and more.  A community assessment tool will help you see how SUD is impacting your area, and you can pair that data with other statistics such as poverty rate, broadband access, and education.

For more information and to explore the Rural Community Toolbox site, visit them directly at https://www.ruralcommunitytoolbox.org or contact Betty-Ann Bryce, Rural Health Liaison at the U.S. Department of Agriculture: betty-ann.bryce@usda.gov.


Your Virtual Meetings


Your time, your location, your purpose!  If you have internet access, you can have a meeting!  We can facilitate your next meeting and are available for any business, club, or organization.  Call a Southwind Extension District office for additional information.