Rural Opportunity Zone

Phillips County has opted into the ROZ 2020 Program

The Kansas Rural Opportunity Zones (ROZ) is a Kansas Department of Commerce program established in 2011. Through the ROZ Program, qualified individuals who move to a ROZ county are eligible to receive up to two financial incentives. One incentive is a waiver for an individual’s Kansas state income tax liability for up to five years (sunsets 2021), and the other incentive is student loan repayments up to $15,000 paid over 5 years. In the state of Kansas, there are 77 ROZ counties offering one or both of the financial incentives to new full-time residents of the area. Phillips County is the number 1 participating Kansas County in the ROZ Program, offering both financial incentive programs to local residents since 2012.

How is it funded?

The ROZ program is funded through a 50/50 match between the Kansas Department of Commerce and the participating ROZ County. Local funding for this opportunity in Phillips County has been made possible by a partnership between PCED, the Cole Charitable Foundation and the Morgan Charitable Foundation. With this partnership, Phillips County has been able to provide this valuable incentive program to recruit educated residents to live and work in our community. The generous support of this partnership allows Phillips County to continue to clear the wait-list of participants who qualified to take part in the program each year.

Who is eligible?

Student Loan Repayment Program

The ROZ Student Loan Repayment program is designed to help recruit college graduates back to the area; growing our workforce and developing our community. The Student Loan Repayment program provides financial assistance to help repay student loans to those students who left for an education and returned to Phillips County. Qualified participants can receive loan repayments up to $15,000 paid over 5 years.

To be eligible for Student Loan Repayments, individuals must:

  • Establish domicile* in a ROZ County after July 1, 2011 and on or after the date on which the County opts-in to the student loan program

  • Hold an associate's, bachelor's or post-graduate degree prior to moving to the ROZ County

  • Have an outstanding student loan balance in applicant’s name

  • Ability to provide proof of: residency at current and previous addresses, transcript with degree date, and student loan balance with distribution dates

  • Have a Sponsor, Counties and Employers can sponsor applicants in this program. the Applicant must have a sponsor to receive funding

Applications for Student Loan Repayment are accepted from January 1st through September 30th.

Kansas Income Tax Waiver Program (sunsets January 1, 2021)

The ROZ program also provides the Kansas Income Tax Waiver, which is an incentive to help recruit those who have left Kansas for five or more years to return to Phillips County. This incentive is a waiver for an individual’s Kansas state income tax liability for up to five years.

To be eligible for Kansas Income Tax Waivers, individuals must have:

  • Established domicile in a ROZ county on or after the date the county became part of the program (Please note that these dates vary by county.)

  • Lived outside Kansas for five or more years immediately prior to establishing domicile in a ROZ county

  • Earned less than $10,000 in Kansas Source Income in each of the five years immediately prior to establishing domicile in a ROZ county

  • To receive the income tax waiver you must file your state taxes on the Kansas Department of Revenue website

How do I find out more information or apply to participate?

For more information about the ROZ program: Visit Website 
Or contact: Rachéll Rowand, ROZ Program Manager
                   Kansas Department of Commerce
                  (785) 296-3345

Census Day - April 1, 2020. What you need to know.

WHAT IS THE DECENNIAL CENSUS? Every 10 years, the federal government conducts a population count of everyone in the United States. Data from the census provide the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to communities across the country to support vital programs—impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care, and public policy. They also are used to redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts and accurately determine the number of congressional seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO ME? Responding to the census is not only your civic duty; it also affects the amount of funding your community receives, how your community plans for the future, and your representation in government. Specifically, data from the 2020 Census are used to: • Ensure public services and funding for schools, hospitals, and fire departments. • Plan new homes and businesses and improve neighborhoods. • Determine how many seats your state is allocated in the House of Representatives.

WHEN WILL I COMPLETE THE CENSUS? The next census will take place in 2020. Beginning in midMarch, people will receive a notice in the mail to complete the 2020 Census. Once you receive it, you can respond online. In May, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin following up in person with households that haven’t responded to the census.

HOW CAN I RESPOND? In 2020, for the first time ever, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online, but you can still respond by phone or mail if you prefer. Responding should take less time than it takes to finish your morning coffee.

WHAT INFORMATION WILL BE REQUESTED? The decennial census will collect basic information about the people living in your household. When completing the census, you should count everyone who is living in your household on April 1, 2020.

WHAT INFORMATION WILL NOT BE REQUESTED? The Census Bureau will never ask for: • Social Security numbers. • Bank or credit card account numbers. • Money or donations. • Anything on behalf of a political party.

WILL MY INFORMATION BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL? Strict federal law protects your census responses. It is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census information that identifies an individual. Census Bureau employees take a lifelong pledge of confidentiality to handle data responsibly and keep respondents’ information private. The penalty for wrongful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both. No law enforcement agency (not the DHS, ICE, FBI, or CIA) can access or use your personal information at any time. Data collected can only be used for statistical purposes that help inform important decisions, including how much federal funding your community receives. The Census Bureau has a robust cybersecurity program that incorporates industry best practices and federal security standards for encrypting data.

WHERE CAN I GO TO LEARN MORE? You can learn more about the 2020 Census by visiting 

New Phillips County Website

Welcome to the new Phillips County Website. Here are a few new features you might be interested in:

Department Pages: All new Phillips County department pages with up-to-date information and contact information for each department head.

County Calendar: All county events located on one easy to use calendar.

Minutes & Agendas: You can view minutes and agendas for all county entities: Commissioners, CVB, Economic Development, & the Phillips County Health Systems.

FAQs: Frequently asked questions page so you can easily access commonly asked questions regarding each county department.

Report a Concern: You are now able to report a concern in our new 311 system. You will be able to make an account, enter in the information about your request and enter the location of the issue. The concern will then be routed to the corresponding county department and you can manage your account and see the progress of your request.

Community Alert: You can now sign up for Phillips County alerts using the existing Phillips County Emergency Management alert system. If you are already a member please login and update your contact information. Make sure you have your preferred groups selected for what types of notifications you would like to receive.

Jobs: We have a jobs board for local positions in the community as well as a job opening form for employers to post a job position. This a free service for the businesses of our community.

Tourism: The new Tourism page includes a variety of Phillips County information including: upcoming events, accommodations, attractions, history of Phillips County, hunting & fishing resources, travel resources and much more.

Economic Development: The new Economic Development page includes an abundance of information including: funding programs, business resources, commercial real estate, demographics, jobs board, and much more.

We hope you enjoy the newly designed Phillips County website!

Commercial Revitalization Program

PCED’s Commercial Revitalization Program has developed into an impactful program utilized by multiple Phillips County business owners. Since its release, PCED has provided financial assistance to five local businesses with additional projects currently in progress. The CRP program was created to provide assistance to Phillips County business owners for the rehabilitation to the facade of their business location. Qualified projects can include signage, awnings, windows & doors, and exterior renovation. Once candidates are approved and the work is completed, candidates will be awarded a dollar-for-dollar match towards the cost of their CRP project with a maximum reimbursement award of $5,000 project. This might be the additional financial support you, as a local business owner, may need to kick start your storefront improvement project.

PCED is currently taking applications for the 2020 funding year. To fill out an application please visit: Commercial Revitalization Program

Take a look at the successful CRP projects in Phillips County.

743 3rd Street

Complete storefront remodel

Olliff & Boeve Furniture

Installed bronze windows and doors

Dubs Liquor

Installed bronze windows and doors

Cotten Collision Inc.

Painted exterior, installed new doors and overhead doors

Coomes Inc

Installed LED sign

Farmers and Ranchers to Receive Direct Support for Losses Related to COVID-19

(Washington, D.C., May 19, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America’s farmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to this direct support to farmers and ranchers, USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box program is partnering with regional and local distributors, whose workforces have been significantly impacted by the closure of many restaurants, hotels, and other food service entities, to purchase $3 billion in fresh produce, dairy, and meat and deliver boxes to Americans in need. 
“America’s farming community is facing an unprecedented situation as our nation tackles the coronavirus. President Trump has authorized USDA to ensure our patriotic farmers, ranchers, and producers are supported and we are moving quickly to open applications to get payments out the door and into the pockets of farmers,” said Secretary Perdue. “These payments will help keep farmers afloat while market demand returns as our nation reopens and recovers. America’s farmers are resilient and will get through this challenge just like they always do with faith, hard work, and determination.”
Beginning May 26, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), through the Farm Service Agency (FSA), will be accepting applications from agricultural producers who have suffered losses. 
CFAP provides vital financial assistance to producers of agricultural commodities who have suffered a five-percent-or-greater price decline due to COVID-19 and face additional significant marketing costs as a result of lower demand, surplus production, and disruptions to shipping patterns and the orderly marketing of commodities.
Farmers and ranchers will receive direct support, drawn from two possible funding sources. The first source of funding is $9.5 billion in appropriated funding provided in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stability (CARES) Act to compensate farmers for losses due to price declines that occurred between mid-January 2020, and mid-April 2020 and provides support for specialty crops for product that had been shipped from the farm between the same time period but subsequently spoiled due to loss of marketing channels. The second funding source uses the Commodity Credit Corporation Charter Act to compensate producers for $6.5 billion in losses due to on-going market disruptions. 
Non-Specialty Crops and Wool
Non-specialty crops eligible for CFAP payments include malting barley, canola, corn, upland cotton, millet, oats, soybeans, sorghum, sunflowers, durum wheat, and hard red spring wheat. Wool is also eligible. Producers will be paid based on inventory subject to price risk held as of January 15, 2020. A payment will be made based 50 percent of a producer’s 2019 total production or the 2019 inventory as of January 15, 2020, whichever is smaller, multiplied by the commodity’s applicable payment rates.
Livestock eligible for CFAP include cattle, lambs, yearlings and hogs. The total payment will be calculated using the sum of the producer’s number of livestock sold between January 15 and April 15, 2020, multiplied by the payment rates per head, and the highest inventory number of livestock between April 16 and May 14, 2020, multiplied by the payment rate per head.
For dairy, the total payment will be calculated based on a producer’s certification of milk production for the first quarter of calendar year 2020 multiplied by a national price decline during the same quarter. The second part of the payment is based a national adjustment to each producer’s production in the first quarter. 
Specialty Crops
For eligible specialty crops, the total payment will be based on the volume of production sold between January 15 and April 15, 2020; the volume of production shipped, but unpaid; and the number of acres for which harvested production did not leave the farm or mature product destroyed or not harvested during that same time period, and which have not and will not be sold. Specialty crops include, but are not limited to, almonds, beans, broccoli, sweet corn, lemons, iceberg lettuce, spinach, squash, strawberries and tomatoes. A full list of eligible crops can be found on Additional crops may be deemed eligible at a later date. 
There is a payment limitation of $250,000 per person or entity for all commodities combined. Applicants who are corporations, limited liability companies or limited partnerships may qualify for additional payment limits where members actively provide personal labor or personal management for the farming operation. Producers will also have to certify they meet the Adjusted Gross Income limitation of $900,000 unless at least 75 percent or more of their income is derived from farming, ranching or forestry-related activities. Producers must also be in compliance with Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation provisions. 
Applying for Assistance
Producers can apply for assistance beginning on May 26, 2020. Additional information and application forms can be found at Producers of all eligible commodities will apply through their local FSA office. Documentation to support the producer’s application and certification may be requested. FSA has streamlined the signup process to not require an acreage report at the time of application and a USDA farm number may not be immediately needed. Applications will be accepted through August 28, 2020. 
Payment Structure
To ensure the availability of funding throughout the application period, producers will receive 80 percent of their maximum total payment upon approval of the application. The remaining portion of the payment, not to exceed the payment limit, will be paid at a later date as funds remain available.
USDA Service Centers are open for business by phone appointment only, and field work will continue with appropriate social distancing. While program delivery staff will continue to come into the office, they will be working with producers by phone and using online tools whenever possible. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business with the FSA, Natural Resources Conservation Service, or any other Service Center agency are required to call their Service Center to schedule a phone appointment. More information can be found at  

Phillips County CDBG-CV Business Grant Application

Phillips County CDBG-CV (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act)

Phillips County has received a Community Development Block Grant to help local for-profit businesses retain jobs for low-to-moderate income people. CV funding can assist these businesses with issues triggered by the Covid-19 virus and when no other funds are available. 

Phillips County will begin accepting applications from Phillips County businesses located outside of the Phillipsburg City limits beginning July 1, 2020. Applications will be accepted until August 14, 2020. Any business located within the Phillipsburg City limits that wishes to apply for funds, must do so through the Phillipsburg City Office.

The Phillips County application can be found on the link below, County Website: or requested by contacting; or phone (785) 543-5809

Paper copies of the application can also be picked up at the PCED office located at 205 F Street in Phillipsburg or at the Phillips County Clerk's office located at 301 State Street Phillipsburg, KS. 

Applications will be processed first come-first served. Applications should be completed and dropped off at the PCED office during business hours (9:00am - 12:00pm & 1:00pm - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday) Applications will be dated and time stamped. 

Our CDBG Grant Administrator will review applications for completeness and eligibility. After that, the Phillips County Commissioners will award funds based on review of demonstrated need. Businesses will be notified in writing of the outcome.

CDBG-CV Business Application


To be eligible you must be a for-profit business located in Phillips County outside of Phillipsburg City limits, in existence as of March 1, 2020, that has been impacted by COVID-19 and is retaining jobs for low to moderate-income individuals. 51% or more of these retained employees must be at 80% low to moderate income (LMI) or lower for the business to qualify. 

  • All employees that are at risk of not being retained by the employer must complete the LMI worksheet.
  • For the business to be eligible, 51% or more of these retained employees must qualify as an LMI employee.
  • Example: If a business has 10 employee, but 5 of these employees are not as risk on losing their jobs, then these employees are considered base employees. However, if the remaining 5 employees could potentially be at risk of losing their jobs, then these are considered retained employees. All retained employees must fill out the LMI worksheet which is based on total household income. (There is a form instruction sheet included in the application explaining how to fill out the LMI worksheet.)
  • Businesses must submit the application and all required supporting documentation to be eligible. 

CDBG-CV grants can be used for:

  • 60 days worth of working capital such as wages, utilities, rent, etc. Costs can be reimbursed back to March 1, 2020. (NOTE: Funds cannot be used for existing debt.)
  • The purchase of 60 days' worth of inventory needed to reopen (60days will begin on the day the business is allowed to open)

Businesses will be required to attach documentation that matches or exceeds the amount of funds you are applying for (Invoices, bills, receipts, or other materials documenting expenditures).

A business cannot apply for any CV funding that duplicates the "activity" from alternative sources. A list of these sources are included in the application. 

General Information
Phone Numbers
(785) 543-5809
Emergencies: Dial 911
205 F St.
Suite 165

8:00am - 5:00pm
Executive Director
Caleb Breon
Administrative Assistant
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