How to Reach Us

Mailing Address:
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Hays, KS 67601

General Inquiries:
785-628-3478
800-628-FHSU

Economic Development

FHSU Direct Impact (FHSU growth positively impacts Hays and Western Kansas)

  • University employment and expenditures
  • Students and employees expenditures

FHSU Quality of Life Impact

  • Arts, entertainment, athletics, facilities
  • Support of United Way, Hays Arts Council, Hays Medical Center, public and private schools, community innovation due to volunteers and supporters
  • Diversity and internationalization

Talent Creation and Workforce Development

  • Graduates
    • Certificate
    • Associate
    • Bachelor
    • Master
    • Doctorate of Nursing
  • Important programs targeted toward Kansas needs
    • Nursing
    • Accounting
    • Banking
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Teachers
    • Many more...
  • Important programs due to national and international demands for talent
    • Graphic Art
    • Computer Networking
    • Cyber Security
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Many more...
  • Continuing education & non-credit certificates
    • Management Development Center
    • Kansas Center for Innovative Education

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Support:

  • Kansas Small Business Development Network
    • FHSU Small Business Development Center
  • Network Kansas/Kansas Center for Entrepreneurship
  • FHSU Entrepreneurship Efforts
    • Learning
      • Entrepreneurship Certificate
      • Entrepreneurship Minor for Non-Business Majors
      • Entrepreneurship Minor for Business Majors
      • Entrepreneurship Concentration in Management
    • Living
      • Freshman business learning community
      • Dane G. Hansen Entrepreneurship Scholarship Hall
    • Extracurricular and Support
      • Entrepreneurship Director and part-time Entrepreneurship Coordinator
      • Entrepreneur Direct Lecture Series
      • Kansas Startup - 48 hour intensive startup experience
      • FHSU Entrepreneurship Challenge - business plan competition
      • Business Plan Competition Support - coaching and financial support to participate in regional and national business plan competitions
      • Entrepreneurship Internships
      • Continuing events - idea sessions, speakers, simulations
      • Tours of entrepreneurial businesses and resources
      • Entrepreneurship Mentoring Program
      • Direct Equity Grant Program for student and recent alumni startups
      • Entrepreneur in Residence
      • Executive in Residence
  • Commercialization of FHSU student and faculty ideas
    • Use of Network Kansas, SBDC, and campus resources
    • Intellectual property protection support (in concept)
    • Potential to structure equity through Mid-America Angel Capital Network (Wichita)

Leadership:

  • Direct involvement in public and non-profit economic development leadership roles:
    • Ellis County Coalition for Economic Development
    • Western Kansas Economic Development Alliance (wKREDA)
    • Downtown Hays Development Corporation
    • State boards (e.g. Governor's task forces, etc.)
    • Team Kansas
    • National Rural Developers Association (NREDA)
    • City Commission - City of Hays
    • FHSU has taken significant leadership roles in efforts to attract Enersys, a Cessna manufacturing plant, Sykes Enterprises, and other re-location and expansion initiatives

Research, Services,and Thought Leadership

  • Contract Research
    • Docking Institute of Public Affairs - Mission: To facilitate effective public policy decision making.
    • Management Development Center - Mission: To help your organization be successful by developing your people in ways that improve your organization.
  • Grant Funded Research
    • Direct Impact on regional topics: e.g. water use, rural adoption of information technology, community health needs, agriculture practices, etc.
    • Indirect Impact: research funding that draws funds to FHSU creating employment, expenditures, etc.
    • Development of technology that can be commercialized.
  • Thought Leadership - white papers, editorials (related to entrepreneurship and economic development), legislative testimony
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