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