Regional Leaders Retreat

2018 Save the Date

Friday, January 19-Saturday, January 20, 2018
Embassy Suites Kansas City/Olathe Hotel and Conference Center 
More information to follow - Contact Nicole Webb for more information 

Information from 2017 Leaders Retreat
January 20-21, 2017

Embassy Suites and Olathe Convention Center

Presentations by 2017 Speakers:

Asset Target Advisory Group: Bill Lansdowne, The Simmons Company
Military Target Advisory Group: William Clark, The Simmons Company
Workforce Target Advisory Group: Jason Moore, Purple Wave Auction
Regional Community Economic Impact Analysis: Charlie Perham, Matrix Design Group
Fort Riley Status and Future: BG Patrick D. Frank, COL John D. Lawrence 
Strategy to Update the Joint Land Use Study for the Flint Hills Region: Gary Stith, Flint Hills Regional Council
Report from Governor's Military Council: LTG (R) Perry Wiggins, Governor's Military Council
Inter-Region Visit: Northwest Arkansas: Kristin Brighton, LJ Baker, Cherlyn White-Conklin
Future of Multimodal Transportation: Stephanie Watts and Jared Trembly, Flint Hills Metropolitan Planning Organization
"5,000 jobs: $450,000,000 Payroll": Kent Glasscock and Rebecca Robinson, Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization

Polling Results

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; Bruce McMillan Architects; Olsson Associates and Flint Hills aTa Bus. Thanks for your sponsorship!

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