I'm guessing you are ham radio dude (dudette?)
Your "local" ham radio club is about the closest thing to a group of hackers.
Since ham radio is usually in good standing with the local governments,
you might have leverage through one in building such a "creativity incubator"
(I'm ripping off the idea of "business incubators" that were gaining popularity
a few years ago before The Internet changed everything.)
Being in W. Kansas doesn't mean there is nothing around for miles,
but in your case it might be so. I mean a lot of small towns (though you may live in prospering city like Colby B^)
often have unused/closed storefronts/shops not collecting revenue for anybody (including local property taxes).
A small town government might be open to providing such a place or easing red tape to get a private venue open.
If interested people "loan" equipment and furniture, and a decent set of "by-laws" i.e. how this space is to be used, safety concerns, who may use the place, and some usage fees or membership dues (to help pay for utilities and such)
As mentioned, get a lot of info from existing hackerspaces on how to get set up. Maybe get the local school board involved,
(shop teachers, students workers, science fairs, FFA, 4H, etc.)
The "city attorney" could review the legal papers of existing hackerspaces and adapt for the local situation.
I for one, am contributing in a small way to a local space that is getting off the ground. The owners don't want it to be a dumping ground for boat anchors and such, but I'm willing to bring in some of my test equipment or shop tools for general use or individual projects as well as donate materials for consumption (parts, solder, raw stock, etc.)