2017 Regional Leaders Retreat Summary:
In mid-January, more than 250 business leaders from Junction City, Manhattan, Wamego, Geary, Pottawatomie and Riley County came together for the annual 2017 Regional Leaders Retreat. The main objective of the Regional Leaders Retreat is to strategize and conceptualize how the region can unite and improve the overall quality of place and life. The Chamber would like to thank Platinum sponsor Sink, Gordon & Associates.
Presentations included many relevant topics: Results and actions of the 2016 Target Advisory Groups; Regional Community Economic Impact Analysis: Assessing the Impacts of Army Personnel Reductions at Fort Riley, Kansas; Fort Riley Status and Future; Strategy to Update the Joint Land Use Study for the Flint Hills Region; Report from the Governor's Military Council; 2016 Inter-Region Visit report; Future of Multi-modal Transportation in the Flint Hills; Kansas State University Economic Impact for Riley, Geary and Pottawatomie Counties; and 5,000 jobs: $450M Payroll.
Presenters included: Dennis Beson, Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce; Bill Lansdowne, The Simmons Company; William Clark, USD 475; Jason Moore, Purple Wave Auction; Charlie Perham, Matrix Design Group; Brig. Gen. Patrick D. Frank, Fort Riley; Col. John D. Lawrence, Fort Riley; Gary Stith, Flint Hills Regional Council; Lt. Gen. (retired) Perry Wiggins, Governor’s Military Council; Kristin Brighton, New Boston Group; LJ Baker, Bayer Construction; Cherlyn White-Conklin, Bank of the Flint Hills; Stephanie Watts, Flint Hills Metropolitan Planning Organization; Jared Trembly, Flint Hills Metropolitan Planning Organization; Kiel Mangus, City of Manhattan on behalf of Jesse Romo; Jeff Morris, Kansas State University; Kent Glasscock, Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization; Rebecca Robinson, Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization.
Additional speakers included James Gordon, Manhattan Chamber Board Chair, CPA from Sink, Gordon & Associates, who spoke as the retreat's Platinum Sponsor and welcomed participants to open the Regional Leaders Retreat.
Spread throughout the two days of sessions were opportunities for all retreat attendees to once again participate in a text message-based polling system. Each participant was asked several questions during presentations, and results were shown as real-time representation of opinions from regional leaders in the session.
Regional sponsors for the event included Sink, Gordon & Associates; Sir Speedy; Hi-Tech Interiors; Sunflower Bank;