Residents of Rose Hill are encouraged to give their input at an open house Thursday

Residents of Rose Hill are encouraged to give their input about the future of the city at an open house Thursday.

Two sessions seeking information for development of a strategic plan will be held at the Rose Hill Senior Center, 217 E. Silknitter, beginning at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.

City information states, “The purpose of a strategic plan is to create a roadmap for the city to guide future policy priorities and decisions. The plan will help guide the city’s financial decisions and growth/development issues.”

This is the first formal strategic planning process for the city, which is working with Wichita State University. Focus groups were held late last year with the faith community, the Chamber and businesses, senior citizens and city employees. Thursday’s sessions will gather input from the general public.

After a brief overview of the process at the open house, attendees will be able to visit different tables or stations to learn about four or five specific issues, then give their opinion of how much importance the city should give to that concern.

The steering committee will meet later in the month to begin assessing the information gathered during this phase. Residents who cannot attend Thursday’s sessions are invited to visit the city’s Web site at for more information, or to contact Steering Committee Chair Harold Beedles or city staff to voice their opinions.