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Frontiers Report

March 1, 2013

February brought snow, more snow and added friends and partners to the regional planning effort. With the Executive Committee’s February meeting in Topeka, the Flint Hills Frontiers project formally welcomed representatives from the Kaw and Osage Nations to the Regional Stakeholder’s Committee and heard from Fort Riley on their regional efforts.

On the horizon March 5th, 6PM

Northern Tier Visioning Meeting Marysville Middle-High School

March 19th, 6PM

Southern 20s-30s Regional Conversation

Winfield Chambers

March 25th, 6PM

Southern Tier Visioning Meeting Wha’Zha’Zhe Cultural Center Pawhuska, OK

On February 7th, over forty Flint Hills residents gathered in Waterville for the Northern Tier Regional Conversation. The Regional Conversation followed a series of stakeholder interviews on area assets and issues, which shaped the questions and discussion for the Regional Conversation. Great refreshments, provided by the Waterville Opera House and great conversations ranging from the need for affordable workforce housing to the benefits of local infrastructure and regional amenities. The Public Square Communities team quickly moved our Regional Conversations south, to Alma, welcoming the younger voices of the region, the northern tier’s twenty and thirty year-old residents to discuss the future of the Flint Hills. This group, often reticent to engage in public forums, led an enlightening discussion on some of the assets and challenges of what it’s like to be young in rural America. Many of the planning team took the Frontiers project to a broader audience at the Partners for Smart Growth


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Conference in Kansas City, over the February 9th & 10th. Spreading the good work the Flint Hills Region is doing to planning and design professionals from across the nation, while learning from other communities in this four-day forum. The staff also spoke to the Greater Morris County Economic Development Corporation’s yearly meeting and furthered the development of the Flint Hills Economic Development District with meetings of Chambers and Economic Development professionals from across the metropolitan area to discuss workforce development, site selection and coordinated planning activities. The FHEDD Citizen Strategy Committee held their fifth meeting in Council Grove, dodging the blizzards to develop goals and objectives for a vision of the regional economy. Kansas State University, one of the Regional Stakeholders, held the kick-off for their Sesquicentennial celebration, as the oldest Land Grant University. KSU, on the heels of an amazing football season and continuing their winning ways in basketball, have set their goals high for the coming 2025 vision plan, committing their efforts to be a top-50 Public Research University over the next 30 years. Lofty goals, with a regional partnering vision at its core. The Frontiers planning team is also in the process of unveiling the Flint Hills Frontiers Community Toolbox - Starter Kit. The Starter Kit is now available for communities, civic groups and any organization interested in engaging conversations around the future of the Flint Hills. The Starter Kit is being introduced at the Governor’s Work Group and Flint Hills Regional Council Board meetings and will be available to organizations through the Frontiers website or by contacting the Flint Hills Frontiers or Regional Council offices, at the numbers below.

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March Frontiers Report