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Mad Bomber Run

The Charley Melvin Mad Bomber Run For Your Life is a unique 10K/5K run and 3K walk that draws hundreds of runners and walkers to Iola from throughout the Midwest to Iola each July. Join the fun!

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July 9-10, 2016 ... Mark Your Calendar!

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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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Portland Alley Pedalfest

Save the date for the second annual Portland Alley Pedalfest, a two day bicycling and music festival in Iola, Kansas. September 9-10, 2016

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Meet Thrive's New Deputy Director

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Thrive Allen County is pleased to announce the appointment of Ben Alexander as Thrive’s Deputy Director.

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New “Missing Link” Trail Connection

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New 0.4-mile connector trail will link the popular 6.5-mile Southwind Rail Trail with the new Lehigh Portland Trails system.

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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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Progress as Promised

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Progress continues on the redevelopment of the former Allen County Hospital site in Iola, with construction on tap for this Spring.

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Thrive Announces Iola Supermarket and Housing Plans

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Project Requires County Approval to Proceed

The G&W Foods supermarket chain has submitted a letter of intent to build a new store in Iola, to be accompanied by housing, in a mixed-use development on the site of the former Allen County Hospital.

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Thrive Allen County is the 2014
Kansas Organizational Health Champion

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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.

Healthcare

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.

Education

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.