Salina is the retail hub and trading center of a 24-county area
in north central Kansas. In the past year, retail sales increased
by more than 4% year over year with recent retail sales activity in
Salina increasing at a faster pace as other areas of the state were
declining. Salina has a high (1.535) pull factor reflecting
the overall strength of the community as a regional retail hub.
Major retail firms opening or expanding in the past few years
include Menard's, Kohl's, PETCO, Old Navy, Hobby Lobby, Logan's
Roadhouse, Buffalo Wild Wings, 5 new small local restaurants
and a rejuvenated Ashley's Furniture Store.
The Community is very responsive to the retail
entrepreneur. To that end a series of programs have been
created that both encourage and provide educational support
for the development of our retail businesses.
Project OPEN was started in 2009 to provide entrepreneurial
education and technical business support to entrepreneurs who
already own or want to start a business in Saline County. To
participate in the program, applicants must reside in Saline County
Kansas or own a small business in Salina Kansas. Applicants
must successfully complete entrepreneur training including the
writing of a complete business plan prior to qualifying for
Business Development Funds.
Funding for Project Open is provided by the City
of Salina, Salina Economic Development Incentive Council, Salina
Area Chamber of Commerce, Salina Downtown, Inc. and in part, is
made possible by funds from the Kansas Rural Business Development
Tax Credit Program as administered by the Kansas Department of
Commerce and as invested by the North Central Kansas Community
Network Co. Application for these funding programs are open
quarterly, in February, May, August and November, specific dates
are announced annually. Additional information about Project
OPEN can be found on the website located on the attached pages.
Salina is a growing and vibrant community with an excellent
standard of living for its residents. Located at the junction
of two major cross-country interstate highways, the community has
built upon its agricultural roots diversifying into the global
economy with concentrations in high-tech manufacturing, active
retail and service sector, finance and insurance, a regional
center for advanced medical care, and higher education with a
relatively smaller and more efficient government workforce.
Moreover, Salina offers a flourishing lifestyle with a
sophisticated arts community, entertainment, live theater,
recreation, cultural activities and three regional education
centers plus a Big 12 satellite college campus