Community Conversation with guest, Jeremy Hill

On September 11, 2021, Cunningham Public Library hosted a Community Conversation with Jeremy Hill, Director WSU Center for Economic Development and Business Research.

Watch the video to learn about the potential economic opportunities for our area.

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On Wednesday, August 18, the library brought Ron Wilson, Director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at K-State University to Cunningham for his presentation, RURALPRENEURS: Tumbleweeds and Talents in Kansas Communities.  We’re grateful to Humanities Kansas for the grant that made this presentation possible, and to Ron Wilson, who engaged the audience so effectively and helped to spark an interesting discussion  afterward on the topic of economic development, including what the library can do to help support economic growth in our community.

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Join the Conversation Sept. 11th

Please join Cunningham Public Library on Saturday, September 11th, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. via Zoom for a presentation and discussion on economic development in our community.

Members of the community and area business leaders are invited to join in this interactive presentation.

Jeremy Hill, Director of the Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State University will lead this interactive forum. Hill’s presentation is designed to help us better understand our economic trends, identify our area’s comparative advantage, and help us as a community to prioritize a strategy for growth.

As part of our discussions, we will ask participants to help us identify our community’s current resources and needs and help us to answer the question, “What library resources are needed to support our community’s economic development efforts including support for remote working?”

Jeremy Hill, is the director of the Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State University. He came to Wichita State University from Georgia Southern University, where he was the director of the Coastal Rivers Water Planning and Policy Center. Hill has over twenty years of experience of applied business and economic research, and is often quoted by local and state media across Kansas. His research focus has been on business analysis and community development, as well as workforce, tourism and retirement dynamics.

This presentation is funded through a Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Focus on Small and Rural Libraries Grant. LTC is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL).

Registration is required for this event. You may register at the library, or register online here. The Deadline for registration is two days prior to the event. Zoom access information will be sent to registrants prior to the event.

New to Zoom? Get acquainted with Zoom meetings in this tutorial.

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Humanities Kansas and Cunningham Public Library to Bring “Movement of Ideas” to Cunningham

Cunningham Public Library will host “Ruralpreneurs: Tumbleweeds and Talents in Kansas Communities,” a presentation and discussion by Ron Wilson on August 18th at 7:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Hall at 404 E 1st Street in Cunningham. The program is made possible by Humanities Kansas.  Members of the community are invited to attend this free program. We ask attendees of this event to please social distance and wear a mask to protect our guest presenter,  yourself,  and others from the delta variant of covid 19. If you plan to attend, but are  are unable to wear a mask, social distancing is a good option.

Ruralpreneurs are innovative entrepreneurs who built successful enterprises in small town Kansas. This presentation highlights real-world examples of Kansas entrepreneurs who have built businesses and created jobs and opportunities in a rural setting. Additionally, this presentation honors the emerging role of diversity, technology, and telecommunications that have brought profound changes in society.

Ron Wilson is director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University. He has served as a legislative assistant; a staff member for the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; and as vice president of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives. He produces a weekly radio program and news column about rural Kansas called Kansas Profile.

“Ruralpreneurs: Tumbleweeds and Talents in Kansas Communities” is part of Humanities Kansas’s Movement of Ideas Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and workshops designed to share stories that inspire, spark conversations that inform, and generate insights that strengthen civic engagement.

For more information about “Ruralpreneurs: Tumbleweeds and Talents in Kansas Communities” in Cunningham, contact Kerri Steffen at 620-298-3163.  You may also visit

About Humanities Kansas

Humanities Kansas is an independent nonprofit spearheading a movement of ideas to empower the people of Kansas to strengthen their communities and our democracy. Since 1972, our pioneering programming, grants, and partnerships have documented and shared stories to spark conversations and generate insights. Together with our partners and supporters, we inspire all Kansans to draw on history, literature, ethics, and culture to enrich their lives and serve the communities and state we all proudly call home. Visit


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