Cowley County Rural Opportunity Zone

Cowley First - Cowley County Economic Development Presents: 
Cowley County Rural Opportunity Zone
A workforce recruitment tool from the State of Kansas 

Rural Opportunity Zone Benefits

Its your move to Cowley County! if you prefer life in a quiet, safe setting with the action of a metro city just minutes away then Cowley County is the place for you! Nestled in the Flint Hills with a rich history in agriculture, Cowley County is located less than an hour away from Wichita and within three hours of Kansas City, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa. 

Financing & Incentives:

Waives your state income tax for 5 years when you move to a ROZ County in Kansas from another state.


Matching program that repays student loans up to $15,000 over 5 years after moving to a ROZ County.

Am I Eligible?  
  • Lived outside of Kansas for five or more years immediately prior to moving to a ROZ County
  • Earned less than $10,000 in Kansas source income in the 5 years prior to moving to a ROZ County
  • Move to Cowley after July 1, 2021 and live in the ROZ County the entire taxable year to be able to claim the tax credit Jan. 1 to Dec. 31.
    • Example: Moving to Cowley County in 2021 makes you eligible for the waiver for 2022 as long as you maintain residence for the full calendar year.
  • Moved to Cowley County after July 1, 2021
  • Hold an associates, bachelor's, or post-graduate degree PRIOR to moving to the ROZ County
  • Have an employer sponsor
  • Have an outstanding student loan balance in applicant's name 
  • Ability to provide proof of: residency at current and previous addresses, and student loan balance with distribution dates. 

How Do I Apply?

Income tax waiver: You simply relocate to and reside in Cowley County between July 1st and December 31, 2021. When you file your 2022 income taxes through the State's online system, you will see a question to indicate you met the Roz eligibility requirements.

Student loan reimbursement: Relocate to Cowley County and work with the employer that will sponsor you in the ROZ program. You and the employer will each register for the program. If you would like to move to Cowley County and do not have an employer, submit your application and we'll try to match you with a participating employer.

For more information email call 620-221-9951 or 620-442-3094

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