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County reups with Great Plains Development

Pictured is the county radio tower that was destroyed when a farm implement clipped a guy wire last July east of Great Bend. It has since been replaced and the Barton County Commission has approved building a fence around the new tower to prevent future accidents.

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The world of grants and loans for economic develpment available from federal and state sources is a complex one, one that Dodge City-based Great Plains Development helps navigate.
So, Barton County Commissioners Monday morning renewed the county’s membership in the organization to which it has belonged since the 1980s. The dues are $6,889 and and are based on 25 cents per resident in GPD’s 28-county region of southwest Kansas.
“Barton is one of our more active counties,” said Bob Wetmore, GDP executive co-director. Since 1983, GPD has had a hand in bringing over $54 million to the ...

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