Process

Volunteers wanted the regional 10-year vision and action plan Project Wichita process to include big discussions from as many people as possible. So Wichita State University's (WSU) Public Policy and Management Center team built a custom process for gathering input across the region. The process includes focus groups with individuals and organizations, gathering feedback at diverse community events, online surveys and robust social media engagement.

Over the past year the Project Wichita process has featured three main phases: Listen, Focus and Share

 
  Spring/Summer 2018    Host focus groups, community listening events, launch online survey, social media   During the Listen phase of the process, WSU will conduct traditional and non-traditional focus groups across the region gathering broad ideas and feedback on what is important to the community. Based on the key themes and topics identified by the focus groups, WSU will then create an online survey to be shared with the regional community asking for opinions and priorities on those topics. More details on community focus groups and how the public can get involved will be available next week.

Spring/Summer 2018

Host focus groups, community listening events, launch online survey, social media

During the Listen phase of the process, WSU will conduct traditional and non-traditional focus groups across the region gathering broad ideas and feedback on what is important to the community. Based on the key themes and topics identified by the focus groups, WSU will then create an online survey to be shared with the regional community asking for opinions and priorities on those topics. More details on community focus groups and how the public can get involved will be available next week.

  Summer 2018    Research existing data and plans, conduct interviews   During the Focus phase of the process research and community findings will be analyzed for trends and patterns. Those findings will be discussed by the Vision Team – a group charged with shepherding the Project Wichita plan – in order to build work teams. These work teams will identify and review priorities driven by community feedback and will work with subject experts and those affected to help build an action plan.

Summer 2018

Research existing data and plans, conduct interviews

During the Focus phase of the process research and community findings will be analyzed for trends and patterns. Those findings will be discussed by the Vision Team – a group charged with shepherding the Project Wichita plan – in order to build work teams. These work teams will identify and review priorities driven by community feedback and will work with subject experts and those affected to help build an action plan.

  Fall 2018    Report community vision, priorities and action plan   During the Share phase of the process, WSU and the Vision Team will share final results and recommendations with the community including regional vision and priorities. The estimated timeline for the report is late Fall 2018. In addition to a regional vision, the community engagement process will produce an action plan focused on the next 10 years.

Fall 2018

Report community vision, priorities and action plan

During the Share phase of the process, WSU and the Vision Team will share final results and recommendations with the community including regional vision and priorities. The estimated timeline for the report is late Fall 2018. In addition to a regional vision, the community engagement process will produce an action plan focused on the next 10 years.

 

The Project Wichita community engagement process is funded and shepherded by organizations and businesses called the Vision Team. View the full list.

 
 

Vision

After reviewing survey and focus group findings from community feedback, the Vision Team created a vision statement and guiding principles designed to help the region and leaders determine 10-year action plans.

Vision statement

Here in the heart of the heartland, we work together to create a vibrant region where people choose to live because we bravely seize opportunities and champion change, provide pathways to success, welcome our differences, and invest in our future.

After setting the vision statement, the Vision Team created a list of guiding principles to help provide direction. These guiding principles are based on the community input and will be used for action planning and idea generation toward achieving the vision.

guiding principles

  • Invest in ourselves - believe in our region and invest in assets that attract, retain and build talent and opportunities

  • Connected community - people connected to each other and connected to opportunities in education, businesses and the region

  • Future generation mindset - forward-thinking problem solving to attract next generation and build a strong future

  • Boldly seize opportunities - taking risks, acting now, leading boldly

Focus Areas

Based on community input, the Project Wichita volunteer Vision Team has developed five Focus Areas the 10-year action plans will address the following in our region:

  • TALENT

  • LIFELONG LEARNING

  • ECONOMIC PROSPERITY

  • STRONG COMMUNITIES AND NEIGHBORHOODS

  • QUALITY OF PLACE

Five Team Leaders – have stepped forward to help lead each Focus Area team and work with the other volunteers and Wichita State Public Policy and Management Center to develop the Focus Area plans by the end of the year.

  • TALENT Team – Dominique Harris, Senior Business Development Analyst, Cargill

  • LIFELONG LEARNING Team – Stephanie Harder, Director of Employee and Community Engagement, Textron Aviation

  • ECONOMIC PROSPERITY – Kyle Blasdel, Director of Business and Project Development, Conco Construction

  • STRONG COMMUNITIES AND NEIGHBORHOODS Team – City Councilmember Brandon Johnson, City of Wichita

  • QUALITY OF PLACE Team – Matt Michaelis, Chairman & CEO, Emprise Bank