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Natalie Muruato

Executive Director

Natalie Muruato is a rural leader by choice and entrepreneur at heart. She comes to Kansas from South Dakota, where she was dual-executive director over the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Group in a small community bordering the Missouri River. Natalie obtained her Basic Economic Development Certification in 2021. Prior, she was City Administrator for the City of Belfield, a small town in the Bakken Oil Fields of North Dakota. 

In 2017, Natalie graduated from the NDSU Rural Leadership program, setting out to make a difference in the communities she lived and worked. Later that year, Natalie was awarded the ND League of Cities Leadership Excellence Award. 

In 2004, Natalie moved to rural North Dakota from Las Vegas, Nevada. She and her husband owned several small businesses in North Dakota, including a restaurant, bowling alley, and construction company. Natalie attended Utah Valley University, Southern Nevada College, and Dickinson State University. She is a Business and Professional Women of Clay Center member and serves on the Clay Center Housing Authority board. 

Natalie believes it is her responsibility to leave the world a little better because she was there and enjoys helping entrepreneurs realize their dreams of starting a business.

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Shannon Stark

Assistant Director


Shannon Stark is the assistant director of Grow Clay County. She is a Clay Center Community High School Alumni. After graduating from the University of Kansas with a degree in Community Health and Development she chose to settle back in her hometown of Clay Center. She has worked in the Commerce and Economic Development field for four years and played a key role in successfully merging the Clay Center Area Chamber of Commerce and the Clay County Economic Development Group in 2021. She currently leads the Community Outreach Committee and the Explore Clay County Advisory Board consistently working to promote Clay County as a great place to live, work, and visit! 


Taylor Mall

Admin/Marketing Coordinator

Taylor Mall is the Admin/Marketing Coordinator for Grow Clay County. She graduated from Clay Center Community High School in 2017 and went on to graduate from Cloud County Community College in 2019 with a degree in General Business Management. Taylor decided to move back to her hometown in 2021 when she was offered a position with the Clay Center Area Chamber of Commerce. She has worked to plan and market community events, as well as market Clay County to travelers and tourists. She currently serves on the Community Outreach Committee and the Explore Clay County Advisory Board and continually strives to improve and promote our beautiful community. 

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Sharon Evans

Finance Manager


Sharon Evans is the financial fairy of Grow Clay County and keeps the staff on their toes.  She joined the team after 43 years in the accounting department at Hutchinson/Mayrath and did a short accounting stent with the Clay Center Family Physicians in 1991.  Sharon and her husband, Ed, raised two beautiful children, Jared and Bethany, and have five grandchildren, Jasmyn, Jake, Aaron, Jillian, and Lane.


Sharon enjoys flower gardening, reading, and family traditions.  She is her grandchildren's biggest cheerleader in their favorite sports.

Office Hours and Location

517 Court Street, Clay Center,  KS 67432


Monday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Friday: 8:30am - 5:00pm


Your Clay County team  working to strengthen the relationships between our vibrant businesses and the citizens of Clay County as a whole. We work on behalf of our community businesses and organizations to promote ever-growing strength and unity.

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