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About Grow Ellsworth County

Stacie Schmidt
Executive Director

Stacie Schmidt is the Executive Director of Ellsworth County Economic Development dba Grow Ellsworth County. 


Stacie has a love for living rural, and a passion for promoting community and leadership development.  Stacie has a background in hospitality, and has found her footing as the ECED director in access to capital, grant writing, networking, marketing, and matching people with opportunity.  Stacie is a single mom of two, Britain, 18,  and Brooklyn, 12, and loves supporting them in their extracurricular activities.

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Kayla Timms
Assistant Director

Kayla Timms is the Assistant Director for Grow Ellsworth County.  


Kayla will be focused on membership recruitment and retention, and serving our business members for the best return on their investment.

Our Board

Justin Lindsley, President

Jon Halbgewachs, Vice-President

Curt Glaser, Treasurer

Debbie Kootz, Secretary

Peter Solie, Member Representing Lorraine

Sarah Freeman, Member Representing Kanopolis

Aubrey Ptacek, Member Representing Wilson

VACANT SEAT, Member Representing Holyrood

Rachel Barta, Member Representing Com. Bender

Jessica Homolka, Member Representing Com. Rolfs

Craig Freeman, Member Representing Com. Dlabal

Colby Richard, Membership Representative

Jim Kirkbride, Membership Representative

Kregg Clarke, Membership Representative

Karen Bonar, Membership Representative

​Chase Bourbon, Student Honorary Board Member

Layton Leiker, Student Honorary Board Member

Our 2022 Meetings

Meeting Reports

Wednesday, January 26 7pm

Wednesday, February 23 5:30pm  ANNUAL MEETING

Wednesday, March 23 7pm

Wednesday, April 27 7pm  VIEW AGENDA

Wednesday, May 25 7pm  VIEW AGENDA

No June meeting

Wednesday, July 27 7pm  VIEW AGENDA

Wednesday, August 24 7pm  VIEW AGENDA

Wednesday, September 28 7pm  VIEW AGENDA

Wednesday, October 26 7pm  VIEW AGENDA

Wednesday, November 30 7pm  VIEW AGENDA

2022 Documents are Archived and Available by Written Request

Our 2023 Meetings

Wednesday, January 25  7pm  VIEW AGENDA

Wednesday, February 22  7pm  VIEW AGENDA

Wednesday, March 22  7pm

Wednesday, April 26  7pm

Wednesday, May 24  7pm

No June meeting

Wednesday, July 26  7pm

Wednesday, August 23  7pm

Wednesday, September 27  7pm

Wednesday, October 25  7pm

Wednesday, December 6  7pm

In a motion made at the March 2022 Board of Directors meeting, all agendas for the upcoming meeting will be posted here no later than 48 hours in advance of the meeting.  All minutes and financials shall be posted following approval of said documents.

Additional information discussed at board meetings including the Executive Director report and dashboards shall be provided upon written request in compliance with the Kansas Open Records Act.  Please send any requests to

Our Policies

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