Flint Hills visioning summit set for Sept. 2

Flint Hills visioning summit set for Sept. 2

Fourth governor's summit will explore strategies for growing the economy and creating jobs in Flint Hills communities

Kansans who are fans of economic development and of the unique ecological region of the Flint Hllls should mark the calendar for Wednesday, Sept. 2, and plan to attend the Fourth Governor’s Flint Hills Visioning Summit on Wednesday, September 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Camp Wood YMCA near Elmdale. The event will be held in Ritchie Lodge. There is a $20.00 registration fee, and lunch will be provided for those who register in advance. There is a limit of 200 registered participants.

UNIQUE ECOLOGY: More than 90% of the remaining Tallgrass Prairie in North America lies in the Flint Hills of Kansas. Gov. Sam Brownback is holding a summit on Sept. 2 to bring together stakeholders to talk about ecomomic development for the region.

The summit will bring together stakeholders from throughout the Flint Hills Region and across the state of Kansas. It is a follow up to summits held in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and will focus on growing the Kansas economy and creating jobs.

Brownback’s administration will use the input gathered from this summit and the other summits to help move along a strategy for the Flint Hills region. Regional stakeholders and policy makers will make presentations to help participants understand existing strategies. Participants will also be involved in breakout sessions to discuss specific issues and offer feedback, recommendations and direction for the future. Governor Brownback and Robin Jennison, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, are scheduled to attend.

Creating a strategy for Flint Hills development has been a focus for Brownback since early in his first term as governor when he intervened to stop wind farm development in the region, citing the need to maintain the scenic beauty of the Hills to help build a tourism industry.

Public involvement is crucial to the success of the program. The summit is another step toward creating thriving and sustainable rural communities throughout the Flint Hills of Kansas.  

To register or learn more about the meeting, visit the Flint Hills Visioning Summit website at https://fhs.ksoutdoors.com. The registration fee is $20 per person; advance registration is strongly encouraged. Camp Wood is located at 1101 Campwood Rd., Elmdale, KS 66850, southwest of Elmdale in Chase County.  

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