The Flint Hills Summer Summit held on July 10, 2013 in Emporia, Kansas was a great success. There were over 65 attendees from all over the region, they included private citizens and representatives from both public and private sector organizations.
Attendees reviewed information gathered by the planning team as well as visions, goals, and action items their fellow Flint Hills residents came up with at the Community Vision Meetings held in March, April and May of this year. Participants worked together in groups to discuss one of the seven issue areas defined as part of the project's planning framework. These groups reviewed lists of compiled goals and vision statements gathered from public outreach meetings. These goals and vision statements were narrowed down and refined for each issue area.
The next step will be more challenging, devising solutions or strategies for accomplishing our newly defined goals. You can participate in this process in one of two ways. First, you can add your own solution using online solution worksheets available under each issue area. Second, as solutions and strategies are submitted they will be posted to the Flint Hills Forum and your comments, feedback, and suggestions are encourage through the forum.
Introducing the latest presentation from the Flint Hills Economic Development District. The presentation was presented to some helpful stakeholders over the past two days during the first series of workgroup meetings. Over the next few months, these groups will continue to meet to discuss and edit important topics and goals for the FHEDD final plan. Stay tuned for meeting updates and outcomes from these discussions.
People from all over the 19 counties of the Flint Hills Frontiers region will be coming together on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 in Emporia, KS to build off of the work done during the many months of data collection and community meetings that started in 2012. Attendees will review information gathered by the planning team as well as see what visions, goals and action items their fellow Flint Hills residents came up with at the Community Vision Meetings held in March, April and May of this year. This will also be the time to start diving deeper on the 7 Issue Areas of the planning framework that have everything to do with the kinds of places, policies, programs, and projects that affect our lives, livelihoods and communities up and down the Flint Hills of Kansas and Oklahoma. To prepare for this exciting "meeting of the minds" those wishing to attend are encouraged to RSVP and look through the following materials:
Doors open at 9:30am for registration. The meeting will officially start at 10 am in the main offices of Emporia Unified School District #253 located at 1700 West 7th Street, Emporia, KS 66801.
With the help of seven public outreach meetings, the Flint Hills Frontiers Project was able to ascertain two lists for goals and vision statements. Participants conducted table-level discussions as to what is important to the Flint Hills Community. The lists show the final outcomes of those discussions and guided the course for the Final Plan. The lists are below:
Next the planning team went to the Frontiers Forum to narrow down the ultimate Vision Statement for the Final Plan. Forum followers could read, take part, and vote for the vision statement that best personified the hope for the Flint Hills. These worksheets have also been included.
A special thanks to all who have participated in contributing and voting for these goals and vision statements. Stay tuned for the next processes for the Final Plan.
Introducing the Flint Hills Frontiers Community Toolbox - Starter. This is a chance for you to gather your friends, your neighbors, your community, for a conversation on the future of the Flint Hills. It's your chance to contribute to the Frontiers Regional Plan and it starts right here. Just download the Starter Kit, gather a small group or your local community and follow the included instructions. What results, will inform the Frontiers Regional Plan and help builder a brighter future for all that love the Flint Hills. If your group has questions about hosting an event, just contact us, at email@example.com.