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Marion County Economic Development Center

Grow with us in Marion County

When you find yourself in Marion County, Kansas, you will find communities enriched with deep historical heritage that is dedicated to preserving the past and embracing the future.

Marion County has twelve communities and each community has their own special events, shopping, museums and history. With over 25 restaurants and more than 10 Bed & Breakfasts and Motels, you can shop, drive the Santa Fe Trail across the county, explore the museums, swim at the County Park & Lake or boat at the Marion County Reservoir, play at any of our beautiful parks, then have a good meal and spend the night after viewing the stars and watching the dramatic sunset. 

Marion County is also poised and ready for growth with two colleges, great schools, business parks and downtown areas where new businesses are constantly emerging and current businesses are expanding. 

Come Grow with us in Marion County.


Rural Opportunity Zone News

wheatfield.jpgOn April 11, Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law the Rural Opportunity Zones (ROZs) program. ROZs are designed to reverse dramatic population declines over the past decade in rural areas of Kansas. The program is a central component of a broader plan by the Brownback Administration to spur economic development in and expand job growth in 50 counties around the state. The program will take effect July 1, 2011.

Read more: Rural Opportunity Zone News



Agritourism: Your Next Cash Crop?

Call it what you want – agritourism, ecotourism, or nature-based tourism. Travelers from all over the United States and the world are coming to Kansas--and they are willing to pay handsomely for authentic rural experiences and the related dining, lodging, shopping and entertainment. Kansas visitors are looking for farm and ranch vacations featuring authentic experiences. They are looking for vineyards and wineries, bird watching at a country inn, hiking, biking and riding trails. They are looking for opportunities to hunt, fish, camp or just sit around a campfire and stargaze while someone tells stories of the history, culture and traditions of the area. Our tourists are seeking high quality...

Business Resources

Marion County Business Development Center can assist you in finding the resources you need to make your venture a success.  We can help you fill in the missing piece to your business puzzle. SBA Loans Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered about 20 million loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. The SBA's current business loan portfolio of roughly 219,000 loans worth more than $45 billion makes it the largest single financial backer of U.S. businesses in the nation.
Small Business Administration

Financial Resources

Loan program for starting or expanding your business.
Small Business Loans The MicroLoan Program provides small loans to start-up, newly established, or growing small business concerns. For more information about the MicroLoan Program, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it : Teresa Huffman Business Enterprise Grants (RBEG) funds
Marion County may have RBEG funds available for low interest loans to qualified borrowers.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Teresa Huffman to inquire. South...


Neighborhood Revitalization Program ·  Prior to any construction, you must contact the County Appraiser to begin the application process. ·  Upon issuance of your building permit, please call or visit the County Appraiser's office to see if the rehabilitation, alteration, addition, or new construction qualifies for a TAX REBATE on property taxes. ·  Applications for the Neighborhood Revitalization Program are available during normal business hours in the County Appraiser's office, located in the basement of the Courthouse. ·  There is a $50.00 NON-REFUNDABLE application fee to determine eligibility status for a tax rebate for 10 years under this program. ·  Please direct any further...

How do I find?

The Marion County Economic Development Center is your link to state and federal resources. Loans and Grants Search Tool
Small/Home Based Bus Virtual Resource Library
How to Set Up a Home Based Business
Business Plan for Home Based Businesses
Small Business Self-Employed...


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Marion County

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Marion County Park and Lake

Marion County Economic Development


Teresa Huffman, Director

Teresa Huffman

E-mail: Teresa Huffman