GEARY COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- The economic development of the Flint Hills was the focus of a summit Friday involving the governor and stakeholders from throughout the region.
The Third Governor’s Flint Hills Visioning Summit was held at the Rock Springs 4-H Center south of Junction City as Governor Sam Brownback and officials addressed way to grow the economy and create jobs.
The event was a follow up to summits held in May 2011 and January 2012.
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.
The summit is another step toward creating thriving and sustainable rural communities throughout the Kansas Flint Hills and public involvement is important for the effort’s success, officials said.
“There has been great progress on the Flint Hills. The trial through the Flint Hills is over 65 miles long and expanding. We have two Native American nations that used to live in Kansas putting roots back in the state- the Kaw and the Osage. And then you have this energy of tourism connecting with the natural heritage,” the governor said.
During summit, the governor, state officials and the Friends of the Kaw were recognized for their work in making the Kansas River a national water trail- the second designation in the country.