Heartland Vision took its message to the people, holding the first of several meetings aimed not at elected officials and "big wigs" of Topeka, but aimed at the people who live in the city.
More than 270 attended the meeting at Topeka West High School. They were split into groups to discuss the issues that they want to focus on. Some spoke about economic development, some talked about keeping the youth (and retired persons) here in the area.
This is the true "grass roots" portion of the process. The people who live here don't want others deciding the future of their city without having a say in it, and they used this as their opportunity to make their voices heard.
If you could not make it, there are two more scheduled this week. Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. at Seaman High School, and Thursday, same time, at Highland Park High.
Click on the videos for a better sense of what happens at these meetings, as well as some of the ideas being talked about.