Community Development

Helping to advance the communities we serve is a key aspect of our corporate culture, which has been passed on for over a century.

In keeping with this tradition, Great Plains Communications established the IMPACT Community Development Program in 2016. This program incentivizes local non-profit and community groups to develop a service project within their community.
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About the IMPACT Program

The IMPACT project focuses on one community per year. The program was developed by Great Plains Communications to encourage nonprofit organizations to undertake projects that have a positive community IMPACT. “How can we help?” is the seed that can grow into an IMPACT Project.
To participate, an organization simply determines the project it feels will create the greatest IMPACT, develops a project plan and submits ideas through an IMPACT application. Upon approval by Great Plains Communications, the project is assigned and receive an amount of eligible funding support. The organization then gets to work on the project, providing status updates and participating in IMPACT public relations.

With each project success, IMPACT provides an ongoing opportunity to increase engagement, create solutions, serve needs, and enhance the community.


“The commitment of Great Plains Communications to invest in the communities they serve is helping us remain competitive with other towns interested in staying ahead of the curve with community and business development. We say in McCook, ‘Change is not always Better, but Better is always Better.’ Great Plains Communications’ IMPACT Program helps us involve our young people in projects which solve nagging community issues. We are already recognized as ‘a great small town,’ and we’re proud of that fact, however, Great Plains Communications’ IMPACT Program gives us additional resources to stay competitive progressing towards the next level of success we envision for ourselves.”

- Kirk Dixon, Executive Director of McCook Economic Development Corporation