Results from all three Heartland Visioning Community Meetings were released this evening by William Beteta, who's executive director of the process. The over 650 community citizens attending the meetings identified as their top three priorities economic development, governance, and quality of life.
Heartland Visioning is the community-wide process that will create a vision for the future of Shawnee County. Meetings were held this week at three locations in Shawnee County: Topeka West High School Monday night, Seaman High School Tuesday night and Highland Park High School Thursday night. The meetings were designed so citizens could share their ideas, dreams and issues for the community. All of the issues and ideas presented at the community meetings will be considered during July as the Vision Task Force writes the draft vision plan.
“I was delighted with the number of people that came out this week,” said Bill Moore, Heartland Visioning co-chair. “I liked their energy and their ideas. Obviously the community is very interested in helping develop a Vision for this county and that’s what this process is all about.”
Results of the breakout sessions will be posted on the Heartland Visioning website by early next week. The draft vision will be circulated throughout the community in September and October for input. The final vision plan will be adopted by the Heartland Vision Steering Committee in November. The top ten priorities identified at the community meetings were economic development, governance, quality of life, education, image/self image, infrastructure, youth and younger generation, public safety, transportation and physical environment.
For additional information go to www.heartlandvisioning.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 785-231-6006.