Department: DKEDC Board
Loren Barten has enjoyed a 37-year career in community banking and small business lending that has given him an experienced perspective on community growth and development. He is a native of Dickinson County from a small farm near Carlton. A graduate of Chapman High and Kansas State in Ag Economics, he has resided in the Chapman area for over 20 years. Loren is a semi-retired Special Asset Officer/ Loan Officer at Central National Bank in Junction City where he worked for over 23 years. He began his banking career as a lender in Colby, KS, and was a National Bank Examiner in Salina, KS, during the early 1990s. He is a former director on the Community Foundation of Dickinson County and Chapman City Council, and currently serves as foundation chairman for his church and Chapman High School. He remains involved in the Chapman Lions Club. Loren and his wife Linda have one teenage son.
"All economic growth involves some risk, the key is finding ownership that has a good idea combined with the ability and willingness to take reasonable risks to advance that good idea for the benefit of themselves and others". A visible economic development program can certainly help facilitate good ideas that can make our county an economic leader in Kansas. Dickinson county has many inherent strengths, including a strong work ethic, and a vision of what is possible.