Kelly Larson grew up on a small family farm near Scandia, KS and has spent much of her career working with communities to use historic preservation as an economic development strategy. She graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor’s of Interior Architecture, worked for Treanor Architects P.A. in Topeka, and held an internship in New Delhi, India, for the Indian National Trust for Arts and Cultural Heritage. Over the past eleven years she lived and worked in Michigan, first as the director of the Boyne City Main Street program, a local downtown development organization, and then as the Design Specialist for the Michigan Main Street program in the State Historic Preservation Office. In both positions she worked with volunteers, property owners, and business owners on the rehabilitation of historic buildings, the creation of new events, the expansion of businesses, and the education of stakeholders on historic preservation principles. Despite a wonderful career in Michigan, her love of her home state and the prairie has recently pulled her back to Kansas. She is now the executive director of the Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation in Lincoln where she is surrounded by beautiful ‘post rock’ limestone buildings and structures on a daily basis.