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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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Michelle Skurkis
Assistant Director

Michelle is the Assistant Director for Grow Ellsworth County.  Michelle is originally from Wichita, but has been living in Illinois for the past 13 years.  Michelle and her husband recently purchased the school building in Lorraine and plan on living there and running their small businesses from there.  Michelle and her husband Chad have 3 children and 2 dogs. They enjoy spending time with  family and friends, learning more about the area, and love watching the storms roll through. "I’m excited to meet new people and work with Grow Ellsworth County to build a strong community that everyone is proud of."

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

Rachael 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

​Isabelle Lindsley, 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

No March meeting due to annual meeting

Our 2023 Meetings

No June meeting due to harvest

2022 Documents are Archived and Available by Written Request

Wednesday, January 25  7pm  VIEW AGENDA

Wednesday, February 22  7pm  VIEW AGENDA

Wednesday, March 22  7pm  ANNUAL MEETING PROGRAM

Wednesday, April 26  7pm  VIEW AGENDA

Wednesday, May 24  7pm  VIEW AGENDA

No June meeting

Wednesday, July 26  7pm VIEW AGENDA

Wednesday, August 23  7pm  VIEW AGENDA

Wednesday, September 27  7pm  VIEW AGENDA

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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