On Thursday, February 20th from 11-3 p.m. at Leisure Homestead, we held a strategic planning meeting to discuss how we as a Chamber should move forward and grow.
There were many topics and ideas discussed. We went over best ways to brand our organization, we learned about developing an Ad Hoc Business Roundtable, and talked about where we would like to see improvement and progress made in our community including what success looks like to us. From there we were able to define our needs and goals and began to set the direction for the next few months. We are headed in the right direction!
If you missed out on this meeting, please reach out to a board member or someone that attended so that you can get filled in on the wonderful things that came of this session.
On Monday, February 16th at 7 p.m. at the Ritz Theater, the City of Stafford held a Town Hall meeting to discuss the recent survey that they had conducted. Below are the survey results.
Question Yes No
New Pool 53 53
Teen Center/Activities for youth 81 38
More events - what type to do 26 42
Develop business hwy 50 95 17
Promote City Good Place to Live 104 11
Housing 87 18
Planters 85 34
Clean up properties 117 10 #1
Abandon/dilapidated buildings 108 13 #2
Revitalization of Main Street 98 12
Walking/ bike paths 60 46
Perception of unresolved crime 86 29
TOTAL OF 151 SURVEYS RECEIVED
The survey was discussed by going through each topic from most important to least important as rated by the survey results. Questions were raised as to what these results mean. Where do we as a community want to start to begin change? What can and should we do? And how do we want to do it?
Some points were brought up that needed to be touched on, such as how the city has to handle property clean-ups and abandon/dilapidated buildings. Two people need to file a written complaint and there is a process that must be followed by the city once the complaints are filed. This may clear up some confusion had by community members.
It was mentioned that volunteer committees would be a beneficial thing to bring back to help the city get some stuff done. A priority for the city may be to get a zoning committee back together. This may significantly help with the previous issues discussed as ranked #1 and #2 on the survey. It was indicated that a one mill levy only brings in about 3k, therefore it has been hard to raise money for many projects. And finally, the meeting left off with expressed interest by the community to hold quarterly/frequent town hall meetings.
I hope that this update and summation was helpful to you. Hope to see you at future town hall meetings!
We Kan Conference Scheduled for March
The bi-annual We Kan Conference is scheduled for Wednesday, March 11 at the Webster Conference Center near Salina. The event, organized by the Kansas Sampler Foundation, is designed to support grassroots efforts in rural communities. Small town leaders and doers from across the state are encouraged to attend.
Topics feature community development and Explorer tourism issues and are addressed by rural people or advocates with proven solutions or emerging ideas. The PowerUp Movement, showcasing the value of 21-39 year olds who are rural by choice, will be an overarching theme.
The conference is $75 and takes place from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Those interested can register at www.kansassampler.org.
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