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Wheatland Electric provides $5K to Great Bend for housing study
COURTESY PHOTO Regan Reif, Wheatland Electric member services and key accounts manager (right), presents a $5,000 check to Sara Hayden, president of Great Bend Economic Development Inc. The funds will help cover the cost of a housing assessment planned by GBED and the City of Great Bend.

Wheatland Electric Cooperative Inc., is providing $5,000 to Great Bend Economic Development to assist with a local housing study. 

As a member-owned cooperative, Wheatland Electric is guided by several cooperative principles, including concern for community, according to a company news release. This principle encourages us to work toward the sustainable development of the communities we serve.  The housing assessment, which will be completed by RDG Planning & Design, a national firm, is designed to encourage affordable, safe housing in the Great Bend community. 

The study, which will cost approximately $10,000 total, will take at least 60-90 days to complete, according to Sara Hayden, president of Great Bend Economic Development.  The City of Great Bend is covering the remaining $5,000 cost of the housing assessment, which is set to begin in late February or early March.