Summerfield Transition Plus Project Receives $300K Grant

By Bruce Dierking – KNDY News

Marshall County Partnership for Growth received notice this past week from the Kansas Secretary of Commerce office that the Summerfield Transition Plus project will qualify for $300,000 in tax credits toward a proposed project that would convert the former Summerfield School into a high tech produce tower farm, and greenhouse facility that would incorporate former military transitioning from service to private sector.

The training and hands on experience would qualify these individuals for later careers in produce farming operations. The project could boost Summerfield and area community population with participants and would serve to support local businesses and services.

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KNDY News will have more details on the project, and the grant forthcoming. A total of 17 nonprofit organizations were awarded 70% tax credits to support education, healthcare, and housing projects statewide, with 39 groups applying initially.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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