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Frontiers Report

December 1, 2013

The Flint Hills Frontiers project has “hit the road” with roadshow presentations being conducted throughout the 19 county region. The Frontiers team is traveling to each of the County Commissions and many of the region’s larger City Commissions to give the region’s elected officials an update of the progress made towards the Community Toolbox and offer them each, the opportunity to sign a Memorandum of Understanding outlining the vision and goals of the project.

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A second roadshow has been initiated on behalf of the Flint Hills Economic Development District (FHEDD) formation. The roadshow is offering the seven county area of Chase, Geary, Lyon, Morris, Pottawatomie, Riley and Wabaunsee, a chance to review the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) developed over the past year and meet with local leaders on the action plan developed in the report. The CEDS was unveiled this past month during the Citizen Strategy Committee’s meeting, in Junction City and introduced to the area’s elected officials at the Flint Hills Regional Council’s November meeting, in Pottawatomie County. The Citizen Strategy Committee and FHRC gave their first impressions of the report and gave feedback on the roadshow presentation. We thank the members of the Citizen Strategy Committee for their hard work over the past year on this effort and all those who helped in forming this document and continue to make this a better document.

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A draft of the Draft CEDS can be found at the Frontiers website, www.flinthillsfrontiers.org, by following the link to the FHEDD Draft CEDS. We would encourage your input and welcome your feedback prior to December 20th. A second Draft will be released in January for public review and meetings will be held throughout the region to garner public support. Please send your thoughts to community@flinthillsregion.org or contact us if you would like to schedule a roadshow presentation before your community group or interested organization.

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The Flint Hills Work Group and the Frontiers team are working towards a combined Flint Hills Summit in February. If you have been lucky enough to attend one of the three previous Flint Hills Symposium’s, you have had the opportunity to hear the latest happenings from the many fronts of this great region, from economic development and tourism, to ranching and natural resources. By building on these discussions, with the findings and vision of the Frontiers project, this year’s Summit offers a rare opportunity to gather local leaders, regional and state stakeholders, and develop the tools necessary to chart a successful future for the people of the Flint Hills.

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The Frontiers timeline, below, identifies two cornerstone events prior to the Spring Community Toolbox Meetings: the Leader’s Retreat, being held in Overland Park, Jan. 17 & 18th, and the Governor’s Flint Hills Summit:


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The Flint Hills Frontiers Community Toolbox Sessions are being scheduled for this spring. These sessions will bring the Frontiers project back to communities across the region. We look forward to your participation. If you have any questions or comments regarding the upcoming Sessions, or any other parts of the Frontiers project, please contact us: jeff@flinthillsregion.org.

The Future’s in our hands © JC Richardson

885 Marshall Loop Rd. ¦ Fort Riley, KS 66442 ¦ 855.785.3472 ¦ www.flinthillsregion.org

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