Block 22 in Pittsburg is being nationally recognized for its work in the community.
Block 22 has been noticed by the Inaugural Rural Innovation Initiative for its role in technology and innovation to the area. The program works by promoting rural communities that bring digital economy jobs to their location instead of a big city.
“Hopefully, they’ll help us, H Connect with the Economic Development Agency to secure additional funds to support those expansion of opportunities and programming here at Block 22 and throughout the region,” says Shawn Naccarato, Chief Strategy Officer, PSU.
Local representatives say the initiative is affirming to the hard work they have put into getting Pittsburg to where it is today.
“For so long we’ve been talking about rural communities are all on decline. We on the other hand believe rural communities are the future of the United States, it’s the future of the American way in this country and we’re proud to be playing a small piece in that as partners of a broader effort to ensure that this still remains a place where the American Dream is alive and well,” says Shawn Naccarato.
And one business owner says keeping his company in a rural space has helped get ahead. Block 22 has provided the perfect setting to get his company off the ground.
“I think there’s this tendency or this thought that we have to go somewhere else to find these kinds of things. But when we keep it here and we keep it local, I think we’re able to negate that,” says John Kuefler, D Squared, Co-Founder.
Nine rural communities in the US have been recognized by this initiative, including Emporia, Kansas. Being a part of the program’s first cohort means Block 22 will receive a wide range of support, like help writing grants and training for those interested in working at the facility.