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In 2011, the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce took
the initiative to establish the Barton County Young
Professionals (BCYP) program with a group of ambitious
young leaders at the forefront, recognizing the importance
of nurturing and supporting the young talent within
our rural community. Over the years, BCYP has been
instrumental in organizing a variety of engaging events,
facilitating networking opportunities, spearheading
successful fundraisers, and mobilizing volunteer efforts.


Fast forward to January 2024, and BCYP is undergoing
an exciting transformation into FUEL Barton County. FUEL,
which stands for Focus, Unite, Engage, Lead, is committed
to bridging the gap between seasoned professionals and
emerging talent, and being part of the conversation as it
relates to not only attracting and retaining young talent
but also fostering meaningful connections among current
industry leaders.


We invite individuals and businesses alike to join us in
these conversations, connect with FUEL, and play an active
role in shaping the future of Barton County’s professional
landscape. With the launch of FUEL, we’re poised to
enhance membership benefits, deepen community
engagement, and strengthen partnerships to better serve
the needs of Barton County’s rising talent.

FUEL Steering Committee

Chair: Callie Miller, Housing Opportunities, Inc
Vice Chair: Kaitlin Sill, Adams Brown
Secretary: Katie Hales, Katie Made Krafts
Treasurer: Christy Conner, First Kansas Bank
Jessy Kirmer, MPIRE Realty Group
Kelsey Hall, Barton County Upward Bound
Christian Rivas, Barton Community College
Flor Sanchez, Heart of Kansas Family Healthcare
Kyler Sill, Adams Brown
Ethan Smith, TruStage
Zach Streit, Landmark National Bank

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