Lots more people now know a little more about life in Allen County thanks to a feature article on Thrive Allen County in the recent Kansas Alumni magazine. The quarterly publication circulates to the 42,000 alumni of the University of Kansas, and its not a stretch to say they live the world over.
As Thrives CEO and a graduate of KU, David Toland was the centerpiece of the eight-page feature in the glossy magazine. Toland touted not only the ease of living in small town America, such as being able to ride a bike around town, but also its challenges, evidenced by its high rate of poverty, lack of affordable housing, and poor health outcomes.
Ever since Thrive began in 2007, a primary goal has been to make Allen County a healthier place to live. Thats come in fits and starts. Yes, we have more opportunities through the rail trails, farmers market and a local bike shop, but lifestyle changes are difficult and it takes time to move the needle.