Governor Plans Second Flint Hills Summit

Governor Plans Second Flint Hills Summit

Economic growth, job creation are focus; Governor's first summit suggested tourism as top vehicle for Flint Hills.

Gov. Sam Brownback is holding a second "visioning" summit on the best strategy for the Flint Hills region in his ongoing series of summits focused on economic growth and job creation.

The Jan. 17, 2012, event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Shawnee Ballroom at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Topeka.

There is a $20.00 registration fee and lunch will be provided for those who register in advance. Because of space constraints, there is a limit of 300 participants. A legislative reception will follow from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Economic growth, job creation are focus; Governor's first summit suggested tourism as top vehicle for Flint Hills.

The January meeting is a follow up to the May 2011, summit. It was after that summit that Brownback announced an agreement with wind energy developers to not place wind farms in the Flint Hills because saving the region – North America's last stand of virgin Tallgrass prairie – for tourism development.

Regional stakeholders and policy makers will make presentations to help participants understand the challenges and strategies inherent in planning for economic development in the region. During breakout sessions, participants will discuss specific issues and offer feedback, recommendations and direction for the future. In addition to Brownback, Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Secretary Robin Jennison also will attend.

Presentation portions of the summit will be streamed live over the Internet for those unable to attend in person. Links will be displayed on the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism website at www.kdwp.state.ks.us, on the Summit website at fhs.ksoutdoors.com and on the Kansas tourism industry website at TravelKSIndustry.com  

To register or learn more about the meeting, visit the Flint Hills Visioning Summit website at fhs.ksoutdoors.com. The registration fee is $20 per person; advance registration is strongly encouraged. For additional information, contact Linda Craghead, Asst. Secretary, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism – email [email protected]  or call 785-296-2281.

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