We welcome you to Norton Area Chamber of Commerce online information center.
The chamber has served the Norton region since 1905. We believe that “a healthy business climate and a thriving community are inseparable”. We will always work hard to provide the tools that businesses need to succeed - this is central to our belief that the health of the business community and the health of the larger community in which we live are inextricable. We work on a regional level with a vision toward creating destination businesses that are driven to excellence and that serve the needs of our diversified economy.
We are leveraging our strengths as business leaders and working collaboratively within our communities to make Norton County a great place to do business. Through Travel & Tourism we are creating a destination branding to attract visitors from around the world. With the City/County Economic Development we are developing strategies for workforce development in all areas, and working with business attraction and retention through many regional and state training and incentive programs. Collaborating with the Community Foundation creates regional funding partnerships and ‘Strategic Doing’ that gets projects off the ground and completed within time-frames that correspond to community needs.
These collaborative efforts reflect the vision and guidance of some of the most successful, respected leaders in our region who all share the desire to see Northwest Kansas and Norton County thrive.
Our Mission is “to strengthen and improve the Norton business environment in order to promote the economic well-being of all citizens; to communicate views of the business community and support constructive initiatives on major issues of public policy.”
Our values: The Norton Area Chamber of Commerce/Travel & Tourism is privileged to contribute to the economic growth and stability of the community and to serve the members that sustain our organizations. Our members, volunteers, Board of Directors, and community partners are critical to our success. We take pride in working collaboratively to protect the principles of free enterprise, entrepreneurship, and integrity of the Chamber’s stakeholders with transparent systems providing fairness and accountability in all programs, projects, and services.
Norton is not only a great place to visit and explore, but it is also a wonderful environment to live, raise a family and achieve your professional dreams.
Norton County is located in Northwestern Kansas bordering Nebraska. It is rural and agricultural. Norton County is among a group of border counties located between the I80 and I70 transportation corridors. The City of Norton is a rural transportation hub with east west US Hwy 36, north south US Hwy 283, the US Hwy 83/KS Hwy 383 connector from Colby and I70 with Norton and several other Kansas highways.
Norton is a growing, safe and progressive community and we extend an open invitation for all to come enjoy the quality of life you desire. The local economy is strong with a diverse employment base that includes a strong healthcare service provider community, as well as being balanced with agriculture, manufacturing, multiple utility companies, service-based businesses, State Correctional Facility, and a variety of retail stores.
Home to Keith Sebelius Reservoir and Prairie Dog State Park which boast some of the nation’s finest hunting, fishing, cabin & campsite facilities to support abundant outdoor activities. In addition to amazing outdoor spaces and wildlife, Norton’s assets include modern city facilities, outstanding healthcare, excellent school systems, and a wide variety of services and unique destination businesses. High speed broadband internet via fiber to the premise insures everyone stays connected to the rapidly growing world of internet commerce.
The Norton Business and Visitor Station project emerged when Roger and Michael Moffet generously donated the former Kent Oil Company service station, located at 205 S State Street, for a community purpose. Led by Mick and Colette Miller and many volunteers, the interior renovations were finally completed in the summer of 2011 and the building is now occupied by Norton City/County Economic Development, Norton Area Chamber of Commerce/Travel and Tourism. Visit our 'Three Restored Gas Stations' as you take our downtown walking tour.
Sept. 2017: TRAVELING KANSAS is a local production from Smoky Hills Public Television that highlights communities, people and attractions across the state. This episode explores the past and present with a spotlight on the restoration of several historic buildings in Norton and the economic development efforts throughout the county.
Valley Hope of Norton (Founded in 1967) With a 50-year legacy of helping thousands of patients and families, Valley Hope is nationally-known as a trusted provider of addiction treatment and recovery support. Founded in Norton in 1967, Valley Hope provides patient-centered, compassionate treatment to people and families impacted by drug and alcohol addiction. Valley Hope’s residential treatment program includes safe, medically-monitored detoxification from drugs and alcohol, healing therapies, addiction education, family care, relapse prevention planning and long-term recovery strategies. If you or someone you know is struggling with drugs or alcohol, get help 24/7 by calling for a free, confidential assessment. Learn more about addiction, treatment and recovery by calling 1-800-544-5101 or visit https://valleyhope.org
MEDIA RELEASE: Governor Laura Kelly Relocates Tourism to the Kansas Department of Commerce to Spur Economic Growth
Norton County Community Foundation Awards $2,500 in March Grant Cycle PRESS RELEASE
Norton County Community Foundation Announces Winter Exhibition in the Gloria A Nelson Cultural Arts Center PRESS RELEASE
Norton County Entities Receive $1.3 Million in COVID -Relief Funding PRESS RELEASE
Norton County Community Foundation Raised Nearly $167,000 December 2020 PRESS RELEASE
Norton County Hospital Recognized in Statewide Competition PRESS RELEASE