Developing the vision for Shawnee County and Topeka is off to a good start.
The Heartland Visioning project started with a community symposium in March. It then opened its office at 120 SE 6th in downtown Topeka in early April. Now, applications from people wanting to get involved are pouring in.
Heartland Visioning executive director William Beteta says more than 325 applications have been submitted. They are from people who want to serve on a task force and various committees, forming a plan for what Topeka and Shawnee County will look like in 10- to 12- years.
"There is no crystal ball," Beteta said. "The idea is that the citizens are actually identifying what they find to be most important and what they want out of the community."
Even with the response, Beteta says he'd still like to see more applications from younger people.
"They're the ones coming up and growing up (here)," he said. "It's always said communities want to keep their youth here. If we get them involved then they have a reason to stay because they've been involved with this."
Anyone living in Shawnee County can apply to be part of a visioning committee. You can apply on the web by visiting www.heartlandvisioning.com or stop by the Heartland visioning office to fill out the application in person.
They're located at 120 Southeast 6th Ave.