A second round of community engagement meetings that are helping shape the future of the Wichita community will kick off this month, beginning with one of seven scheduled meetings today at the Downtown YMCA, 402 N. Market.
The meetings engage residents on the Community Investments Plan - a strategy for Wichita and Sedgwick County that focuses on policies for growth and investment in public infrastructure for the next 20 years.
“These community discussion meetings will address how best to grow, how much to spend, and where best to make future investments of public funds,” Mayor Carl Brewer said. “We need your thoughts and ideas in shaping the future of our community.”
The facilitated meetings will be held in the Cargill Community Meeting Room and involve the following community stakeholder interest groups beginning at 5:15 p.m.:
Date Stakeholder interest areas
May 15 Business, Industry, Commerce, Transportation
May 22 Building, Development, Real Estate
May 29 Engineering, Architecture, Design, Environment
June 5 Arts, Culture, Recreation
June 12 Social Services, Community Health and Wellness
June 19 Neighborhoods
June 26 Education
Small table discussions will address the following topics:
· How best to physically grow as a city over the next 20 years;
· Long-term infrastructure investment priorities for the city and county;
· An effective infrastructure investment decision-making process for the long-term;
· And important infrastructure investment decision-making criteria and considerations.
Meetings are organized by stakeholder interest areas to better determine if there are any outstanding themes or issues that need to be addressed in the development of the Community Investments Plan. For more information, please contact Dave Barber (316-268-4490, firstname.lastname@example.org). To learn more about the Community Investments Plan, please visit www.communityinvestmentsplan.org.