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RCACF awards $175,000 SPARC grant

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

RUSSELL, Kan.—The Russell County Area Community Foundation is pleased to announce that Russell Development Incorporated (RDI) will receive a $175,000 grant to purchase and develop 20 acres of commercial real estate along Interstate 70 in Russell.

The grant will be funded through the foundation’s new Strategic Partnership for the Advancement of Russell County (SPARC) grant program. Throughout the multi-tiered application process, the grant selection committee felt RDI’s I-70 proposal fully encompassed the SPARC mission to stimulate significant economic development, community collaboration, and long-term, measured impact in Russell County. SPARC, which launched last summer, is the community foundation’s largest single grant since opening in 2001.

“The Russell County Area Community Foundation is pleased to partner on this project because we believe it will be a significant driver toward economic growth and bring new visitors off I-70 to use area services and hopefully stay and explore Russell County,” said Angie Muller, Executive Director of RCACF.

The project’s vision is to attract new restaurants, hotels and truck stops to Russell by making high-traffic real estate easily accessible from I-70 and available to business owners. To further attract visitors, future plans may include the creation of a new tourism and travel center, which would feature Russell’s rich history in oil and energy production. Additionally, proceeds from property sales will be reinvested in other development projects in and around Russell.

“Russell Development Inc. is very thankful and proud to be the recipient of the first SPARC grant. RDI is a not for profit corporation whose purpose is promoting economic development in the Russell area. We believe that the expansion of Russell’s I-70 presence will be a huge economic boost to the Russell area economy and that the quality of life for Russell and surrounding communities will be positively impacted through increased amenities. We thank RCACF for its leadership in creating this tremendous opportunity for long term economic growth.  Without this generous grant, this project would not have been possible,” said Vance Ruggels of RDI.

Partners on the project include the City of Russell, Russell County Economic Development and CVB, and the Russell County Historical Society. For more information, contact Angie Muller, executive director, at 785-445-3611.