Because of the breadth of issues our community must address in the Heartland Visioning Strategic Plan and to make these issues more manageable, strategies are grouped into six “foundation” areas:
The six foundation areas are interdependent. They meld into one foundation over the 5, 10 and 20 years of implementing our vision--building our community’s future. Like a carefully executed renovation of a treasured building, the implementation of our community-wide vision will build on all these foundations, making the best use of existing and future resources.
The foundation areas closely align with the top seven priority strategies, download the Community Report PDF here, chosen by the 5,000 citizens who joined the visioning effort. Of the more than 100 strategies in the Plan, the top seven are in five of the six Foundation Areas.
As teams have gotten together to implement strategies in these six foundation areas, we realized, more than ever, that our community has many organizations and programs that can contribute significantly to the community-wide vision. What’s more, many well-established groups and programs already address many of the Plan’s strategies. These programs and organizations have formed alliances with other groups and individuals with common interests to optimize resources as the Plan’s strategies are implemented.
The alliances of organizations, programs and individuals work the front lines to carry out the implementation of the Plan’s strategies. The co-chairs of each Foundation Team and the Benchmarks Team oversee and coordinate implementation, with assistance from the Heartland Visioning Staff. Coordination and oversight are essential in making sure that the strategies are carried out according to our blueprint....our vision.
The following co-chairs lead each Foundation Team:
Doug Sterbenz, Westar Energy; Nancy Johnson, Community Resources Council
Tom Ellis, Washburn University; Patrick Woods, Topeka Unified School District 501 board member
Quality of Life
John Hunter, Washburn University; Anita Wolgast, North Topeka Arts District; Barry Feaker, Topeka Rescue Mission; Nancy Johnson, Community Resources Council; Sally Zellers, Safe Streets
Lucky DeFries, Coffman, DeFries and Nothern; Denise Walsh, Hills Pet Nutrition; H.R. Cook, Kansas Expocentre; Larry Robbins, Goodyear
John Dicus, Capitol Federal; Jim Parrish, Parrish Hotel Corporation
Shelly Buhler, Shawnee County Commission; Ben Tenpenny, Capital City Bank
Private Sector Leadership
Bryon Schlosser, Griffith & Blair American Home