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Allen County Farmers' Market

The Allen County Farmers' Market is a thrice-weekly open air fresh food market that takes place in Iola and Humboldt. The market is open Tuesdays,Thursdays and Saturdays from April through October.

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Thrive Receives $75,000 Grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas

Thrive Allen County has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas to develop innovative activities that address social determinants that may currently be barriers to healthy living such as housing environments, access to healthy communal settings and economic stability.

Looking forward to 2017 and
10 years of serving Allen County

After a decade of service, we wonder: how would the county be different if a group of citizens hadn't organized for community health in 2007? Find out the answer and how you can get involved in a letter from Dr. Brian Wolfe, Chairman of Thrive, and David Toland, CEO.

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The Lehigh Portland Trails
Are Officially Open!

Allen County's newest trail system offers amazing scenery and over 7 miles of gravel and singletrack trails for hiking, running, and biking. This is a truly special place.

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Iola Adopts Complete Streets Policy

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The Iola City Council has enacted a Complete Streets Policy, ensuring that safe and convenient transportation options are considered for all future infrastructure projects in the city.

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Sharrows Improve Bicycle Safety in Iola

City of Iola crews have installed the first sharrows in Allen County, an important step improving public health and in making Iola the most cyclist and pedestrian-friendly small town in Kansas.

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Allen County Culture of Health

Allen County has been honored with the prestigious “Culture of Health” award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, recognizing our ongoing work of pursuing innovative ideas and bringing partners together to rally around a shared vision of health in our community.

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Economic Development

Thrive helps to encourage, develop, and recruit businesses that improve the vitality and resilience of the Allen County economy.


Thrive assists businesses and individuals in navigating the sometimes complex and intimidating healthcare system.

Healthy Lifestyles

Thrive encourages people to improve their lives through healthy choices and daily activity.


Thrive works to educate the public about nutrition, healthy lifestyles, and the difficult choices we make every day to improve our lives.

Come Home

Come home and help to make Allen County the healthiest and economically robust county in the state of Kansas.

Get Involved

Thrive works by engaging the passion, vision, and energy of individuals, organizations, and businesses to improve the quality of life in Allen County.

G & W Foods Now Open!

Since 2009 when Country Mart closed, the top priority of many Allen Countians has been having a standalone grocery store in Iola.  Thrive began recruiting a store in 2012, and we’re thrilled to report that G & W Foods opened their doors in the heart of Iola on the old hospital development site on January 5th! Prior to its opening, Senator […]

Thrive Allen County Year in Review

As we look back at 2017 there is so much to be proud of in Allen County. This was the year of ribbon cuttings.  Velo+ bike shop opened in April, and 54 Fitness in Moran came to fruition.  In May the LaHarpe Playground sprang to life.  And in September, Thrive cut the ribbon on our […]