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Dickinson County Economic Development Corporation County-wide Business Signage Program

A pilot project of the Dickinson County Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with North Central Regional Planning Commission,  the Business Signage Program is designed to provide an affordable funding/financing option for signage on commercial buildings to improve the functionality, structural integrity and aesthetics of signs in commercial areas. The program offers a maximum loan of $2,000 at 0% interest.  Please contact us for more details and/or download the application below.

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Dickinson County, once again, has authorized funding for grants to be made available within Dickinson County to use for a tourism generating event or festival in the County. We are accepting applications for 2020 events. A written report should be submitted after the event or festival... Learn More
Kansas law allows a municipality to abate ad valorem property taxes related to new construction, expansion of buildings, or the purchase of land and installation of equipment for eligible businesses for up to ten-years.  Learn More
The City will provide grants of up to $15,000 to businesses and entrepreneurs on a case-by-case basis. Applicants must demonstrate an 80% private match. Learn More
The City of Abilene will pay a referral fee of up to $2,000 to residents who refer a business prospect to the City and that commits to locating a business presence in Abilene... Learn More
Funding for this program was made possible by a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Dickinson County. GENERAL PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES The purpose of the Dickinson County Storefront Beautification Revolving Loan Fund (Storefront Beautification Program) is to encourage Dickinson County, Kansas businesses to improve storefronts an... Learn More
The size and scope of federal and state government can sometimes make it difficult to determine what is required of a business operation. There are countless regulations that also apply to many business ventures. The City may not know all there is to know abou... Learn More
One of the challenges of any new business is finding sufficient funding to get the business plan from the page to the supply line. The City of Abilene can assist businesses find gap funding when normal funding cannot fully meet the needs of the prospectiv... Learn More
The City will reimburse a portion of the transient guest tax generated by a new hotel or the expansion of an existing hotel. Learn More
Eligible development projects may petition the City to issue Industrial Revenue Bonds to finance eligible development projects using the City of Abilene's credit. This allows projects to execute projects at a lower interest rate than what can typically be obtained in the private capital markets... Learn More
Kansas Certified Development Companies (CDC) help businesses access the numerous loan programs available from a variety of sources. These loan packages match the business' financial need with the source of funds, providing small business customers the best combination of rates and terms possible. Each CDC ha... Learn More
The Kansas Industrial Retraining program is a job retention tool that helps employees of restructuring companies who are likely to be displaced because of obsolete or inadequate job skills and knowledge. To participate, a company must retrain at least one existing position at an average wag... Learn More
The KIT program may be used to assist firms involved in job creation. Training can include subjects that provide knowledge and specific skills necessary for job entry including instruction on the company’s own production equipment on the plant floor or on similar machinery in ... Learn More
Sometimes a business venture requires new or amended legislation to allow for a higher probability of success. Some business ventures may seek federal or state grant or loan funding. The City of Abilene may elect to advocate for legislation or provide letters of support o... Learn More
The City of Abilene, in partnership with Dickinson County and Unified School District 435, grants rebates on ad valorem property taxes on eligible properties for a period of ten-years. The program is designed to encourage private investment in Downtown Abilene and the N. Buckeye Avenue/N... Learn More
Qualified Private Activity Bonds (PABs) are federally tax-exempt bonds. Under the federal volume cap, Kansas has a total 2018 bond allocation of $311,375,000 for this purpose. The types of bonds qualifying for such tax-exempt status are: Exempt facility bonds Qualified mortgage bonds Qualified veterans’ mortgage bonds Qualified small issu... Learn More
The Board of Tax Appeals (BOTA) Liaison provides instruction and technical assistance to parties interested in property tax abatement. In 1998, the Kansas Legislature adopted K.S.A. 79-213, which authorizes the Kansas Department of Commerce to provide aid to businesses and governmental entities applying for economi... Learn More
The City of Abilene will provide assistance to businesses that require a business partnership with either the Union Pacific Railroad or BNSF Railway Company.  Learn More
A special kind of TIF – Sales Tax and Revenue (STAR) Bonds – was created by the Kansas Legislature. STAR Bonds are used to assist the development of major entertainment or tourism destinations using the sales tax revenues generated by associated retail development. STAR Bond... Learn More
Sales Tax Revenue (STAR) Bonds provide Kansas municipalities the opportunity to issue bonds to finance the development of major commercial, entertainment and tourism areas and use the sales tax revenue generated by the development to pay off the bonds. Learn More
The Kansas Capital Multiplier Loan and Venture Funds are programs that provide matching funds through a partner network to eligible businesses in communities across Kansas. Funding is provided through the United States Treasury via the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). Learn More
The City of Abilene will provide assistance to businesses that require specific transportation needs through available economic development programs from the Kansas Department of Transportation. Learn More