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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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Allen County Selected as Finalist For RWJF Culture of Health Prize

Allen County has been chosen as a finalist for the fifth annual RWJF Culture of Health Prize given by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Selected from more than 200 communities across the country, Allen County joins 10 other finalist communities. Winners will be announced this fall.

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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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.

Ribbon Cuttings Show Progress in Allen County!

Allen County is in the ribbon cutting business lately, and business is good! Velo +, a bike store with locations in Lenexa, KS and North Kansas City, MO, had its grand opening on April 29, with about 100 people attending in the pouring rain as downtown Iola welcomed its first retail bike store.  A large crowd packed […]

Velo+ Bike Store Grand Opening on April 29th

Allen County’s new bicycle shop Velo+ will have its grand opening on Saturday, April 29th, from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. at 112 South Washington Ave.  A group of bicyclists will be riding down from Lenexa, the home of the original Velo+, for the Grand Opening and we encourage local riders from Iola and the surrounding […]

Allen County Farmers’ Market in Season

The Allen County Farmers’ Market is a weekly open air fresh food market that takes place in three locations within Allen County, with the most recognized location on the southeast corner of the historic downtown square in Iola, Kansas. The Allen County Farmers’ Market features locally-grown produce, baked goods, plants, eggs, meat, and honey along […]