The Flint Hills Frontiers project is reaching a critical phase after significant input in Spring 2013 from the Butler and Cowley County communities.

The Flint Hills Frontiers project is reaching a critical phase after significant input in Spring 2013 from the Butler and Cowley County communities. 

Now, elected and community leaders are joining the Flint Hills Regional Council in hosting a public meeting to apply the vision and goals to develop tools to move the Flint Hills region forward.

It will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the El Dorado Civic Center, 201 E. Central.

This will give residents the opportunity to weigh in on specific projects, programs and policies that can make a difference in the future. 

 The Flint Hills Frontiers project started with citizens’ ideas.  During last spring’s visioning meetings, they asked Flint Hills residents to define their vision for the future. This is what they heard:

“Protect and enhance the ecosystem leading to increased tourism, retaining family farms and youth in an entrepreneurial environment,” said a resident of the Central Flint Hills at the Emporia meeting.

“Provide resources and networking necessary for land preservation and stewardship,” said a South Central Flint Hills resident at the Arkansas City meeting.

 “Bringing cultures together by sharing the heritage, environmental integrity, economics, and hospitality of the Osage,” said a resident of the Southern Flint Hills at the Pawhuska meeting.

 “A place that balances landscape, community, and economic vitality for an enhanced quality of life,” said a resident of the I-70 Corridor at the Manhattan meeting.

“A place where opportunity and beauty come together for health, happiness, and growth,” said a Northern Flint Hills resident at the Marysville meeting.

Everyone is welcome to join this growing conversation regardless of prior attendance.