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Community Development

Good morning.

As most of you know, we have been working towards a Maker Space/Fabrication Lab in Cloud County through the Strategic Doing process with the Dane G. Hansen Foundation.

We are conducting a survey to gauge interest and to help us determine the types of equipment and services to include in the space.

Please help us by completing the survey and by sharing on your Facebook pages, websites, and by email to family and friends that might have that idea or that small or home-based business that they would like to grow.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks for helping us get the word out.

Simply copy the message below the line, add your signature and share away.


John Forshee, Director
River Valley Extension District
Clay Center Office
322 Grant Avenue
Clay Center, KS 67432
785-632-5335 (phone)
785-632-2868 (fax)
785-447-1291 (cell)


 The idea of  Maker Space or Fabrication Lab grew out of the Cloud County Strategic Doing process through the Dane G. Hansen Foundation.

A Maker Space or Fab Lab is a public workshop space that provides individuals and businesses with access to fabrication and creative tools. Members of the lab space pool their resources to create a shared workspace that draws from and fits the community’s needs. The lab is where innovators, inventors, small and home-based business, and others can develop, test, and grow ideas without a huge investment in equipment. 

A team has been working for the past several months in building the foundation to make this project happen in Cloud County and now we need YOUR help!

As we have studied Maker Spaces and FabLabs we have found that they vary greatly based upon the local interest and so that is where YOU come in.

Please follow the link below to take our Maker Space/FabLab survey via Survey Monkey and tell us the types of things that interest you as an inventor, innovator, or small business trying to grow.

This survey will help us set our priorities for equipment and services as we look to set up a local lab within the coming months.

Please also help us by sharing this email with anyone in the Cloud County and surrounding area that might have an interest in using the Maker Space/Fabrication Lab.

Cloud County Strategic Doing Maker Space/Fabrication Lab Survey:


The Survey will be available through March 18.

Thanks so much for your help.



What is Community Development?

Community Development is a planned and organized process through which people and communities learn how they can help themselves.
One of our goals at K-State Research and Extension is to provide technical assistance and evidence based programs to citizens who want to make sure their communities survive and prosper.

Community Development can also be defined as a group of people in a locality initiating a social action process through planned intervention to improve their seven capitals situation.  The seven community capitals are natural, cultural, human, social, political, financial, and built.   Click on the Logo below for more information.

Community Capitals





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John Forshee

Director and Extension Agent - Community Development
Clay Center Office
(785) 632-5335