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Posted on: May 31, 2011

Kingman County becomes the first county to participate in Rural Opportunity Zones program

Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George released the following statement today in regards to the Kingman County Commission adopting a resolution opting in to the student loan repayment portion of the Rural Opportunity Zones (ROZs) program:

“Today is an exciting day in the Brownback Administration’s efforts to revitalize rural areas of Kansas. The decision by Kingman County to opt in to the student loan portion of the Rural Opportunity Zones program will provide a powerful incentive to recent graduates and others to take a closer look at the county.

“My hope is that once people move to Kingman County, they will see everything the area has to offer, and they will decide to become life-long residents. I look forward to working with Kingman and all the other ROZs counties to expanding economic opportunities for rural Kansas.”

The Kingman County Commission voted May 31 to opt in to the student loan repayment portion of the ROZs program, allowing the state and the county to repay up to $3,000 per year for up to five years of an individual’s student loans from an accredited post-secondary institution.

Once the law takes effect on July 1, individuals interested in taking advantage of the program are free to move into the county. Official application forms will be available from the Department of Commerce on or before July 1. More information on the program can be found at or by contacting Dan Lara, Public Information Officer for the Department at (785) 296-3760 or

The program also provides an income tax exemption for up to five years to individuals who relocate to a ROZs county from out of state. Counties do not need to opt in to participate in this portion of the program.

The program designates 50 counties as ROZs counties. They are Barber, Chautauqua, Cheyenne, Clark, Cloud, Comanche, Decatur, Edwards, Elk, Gove, Graham, Greeley, Greenwood, Hamilton, Harper, Hodgeman, Jewell, Kearny, Kingman, Kiowa, Lane, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, Mitchell, Morton, Ness, Norton, Osborne, Pawnee, Phillips, Pratt, Rawlins, Republic, Rooks, Rush, Russell, Scott, Sheridan, Sherman, Smith, Stafford, Stanton, Trego, Thomas, Wallace, Washington, Wichita, Wilson and Woodson.

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