Norton County, Kansas
Official site for Norton County, Kansas

Norton CIty/County

Economic Development


Function of Department

The office can provide assistance to businesses and entrepreneurs in areas such as, but not limited to: relocation to or within Norton County, product or business model assistance, workforce recruitment, sale of a business, development of a business and financing resources.


Norton City/County Economic Development is a countywide partnership dedicated to enhancing the economic strength of the county by recruiting new employers, retaining existing employers and improving the quality of life for all of Norton County.

Keli Habiger

Official Website


205 S. State Street
Norton, KS 67654

Office phone : 
(785) 874-4816

Business Hours: 
Monday- Friday except holidays

Norton City/County Economic Development  FAQ

Are there grants available for for-profit businesses?

No, **__

What is the Norton Community Neighborhood Revitalization Plan?

The Norton County Neighborhood Revitalization Plan (NRP) is a county-wide, tax rebate incentive program aimed to stimulate economic growth through improvements in existing properties and new construction. Goals of the Norton County Neighborhood Revitalization Plan are: Stimulate economic growth Improve existing residential and commercial properties Rehabilitate aging residential and commercial properties Increase the number of newly constructed residential and commercial properties Provide incentives for affordable housing Increase the Norton County tax base over time

Criteria for Eligibility Rehabilitation of and additions to existing buildings as well as construction of new buildings within the legal boundaries of Norton County are eligible to participate in the Norton County Neighborhood Revitalization Plan.

  • The improvement must increase the appraised value of your property at least $10,000.
  • Tax rebates are available for up to $150,000 in increased value for single-family residential properties. There is no limit on commercial, industrial and agricultural properties.
  • The parcel must comply with all zoning and building codes.
  • Eligibility for the program does not transfer with ownership except in certain situations.
  • Delinquency will disqualify the parcel from the program.

Resolutions to NRP-

Resolution 2012-18

Resolution 2012-22

Brochure and Application

Brochure for Revitalization Plan

NRP Application

The completed application and applicable fee should be submitted to the Norton County Appraiser’s Office where any questions regarding the amount of increase in appraised valuation resulting from the project may be addressed. Please make checks payable to Norton County. To be eligible for the tax rebate, construction must commence after Part I of the application is approved by the Norton County Appraiser. If you have any difficulty accessing the application, please email, or call 785.874.4816

What is the E-Community?

Norton County Named as a NetWork Kansas 2011 Entrepreneurship (E-) Community Norton County was selected as a 2011 Entrepreneurship (E-) Community and was awarded tax credits that were sold enabling the Norton County E-Community to raise $150,000 to be loaned to local businesses. In 2012 three loans were made, decreasing the fund to $15,000. The E-Community applied for and was awarded additional tax credits which brought the fund balance to $115,000. As of June, 2016, 9 loans have been made to local businesses. The E-Community has been able to replenish funds from the sale of additional tax credits. This program has been a great tool to keep the local economy vibrant and growing. – The Norton County Entrepreneurship (E-) Community emphasizes development of community resources to create a flourishing entrepreneurial environment. – The E-Community’s three fundamental principles are:

  1. In order for rural and distressed communities to survive, they must grow from within by fostering local leadership.
  2. Organizations involved in community development need to empower businesses with the assets they need to succeed, including education, expertise, and economic resources.
  3. Diversify and strengthen the county’s economy with new and existing entrepreneurial businesses. –

Local representatives from throughout Norton County will serve on the E-Community Leadership Team. This team determines the strategy and vision for the E-Community.

– The Financial Review Board will evaluate prospective loan applications from local businesses.

– E-Community Loan Application E-Community Application –(pdf format)

The Norton City/County Economic Development office will provide assistance with the application, and the staff is also available for consultation on starting a new business or expanding an existing business. –

Application Process

  • Norton City/County Economic Development receives application
  • Application verified as complete
  • Application is distributed to the Leadership Team for review and recommendation
  • Application is distributed to the Financial Review Board for loan determination
  • Applicant interview scheduled/completed
  • Approved loan application submitted to Northwest Kansas Planning & Development
  • Accepted applicants notified
  • Denied applicants notified by letter with reason of denial –

Norton County E-Community Contact
Keli Habiger, Executive Director
Norton City/County Economic Development
205 S State Street
Norton, KS 67654

NetWork Kansas E-Community Summary

A NetWork Kansas Entrepreneurship Community has made a commitment to cultivate an entrepreneurial environment by identifying and developing resources to help local entrepreneurs start or grow businesses. An E-Community has a locally controlled loan fund to assist entrepreneurs with capital and connectivity to resources to assist entrepreneurs and small businesses. –

About NetWork Kansas: NetWork Kansas was established as a component of the Kansas Economic Growth Act of 2004 to further entrepreneurship and small business growth as a priority for economic and community development in the State of Kansas. Backed by more than 480 partners statewide, the NetWork Kansas service promotes an entrepreneurial environment by connecting entrepreneurs and small business owners with the expertise, education and economic resources they need in order to succeed. For more information about NetWork Kansas, visit, or call 877.521.8600. –

To learn more about the E-Community Partnership, Contact: Erik Pedersen, Director of E-Communities 316.425.8841