The Kansas PRIDE program is a community-based approach to improve the quality of life in Kansas communities. Founded on the belief that the best solutions for community improvement must come from the community itself, Kansas PRIDE encourages citizens to work together to identify community improvement projects. The PRIDE program offers a network of ideas along with the tools and resources needed to assist a community in developing plans and achieving its goals. The PRIDE program provides guidance for local communities to organize and identify areas in which they would like to make community improvement. Identified projects may include community beautification, cultural events, infrastructure improvements or service delivery activities. Working with the resources of K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Department of Commerce, PRIDE staff are able to help groups organize, plan and access resources to reach their objectives. In 2009, PRIDE communities completed 1,216 community improvement projects.
Community Local Government; civic organizations; chambers of commerce; business; school systems; citizen volunteers
Institutional Impact Area(s):
K-State Research and Extension; Kansas PRIDE, Inc.; Kansas Department of Commerce; Kansas Department of Health and Environment; private corporate sponsors
Community and Economic Development; K-State Research and Extension