As part of the Kansas Chamber’s efforts to seek input for our Vision 2025 strategic action plan, we held seven regional roundtable discussions across the state in the fall of 2017. We made stops in Topeka, Kansas City, Pittsburg, Salina, Hays, Dodge City and Wichita.
At each stop, business and community leaders, educators and local chamber representatives considered where Kansas ranks in regards to talent supply, competitiveness, innovation and entrepreneurship and business infrastructure, Vision 2025’s four areas of focus. They then provided their insight and ideas on ways to improve the Kansas economy so it grows faster and creates more jobs for their communities in the coming years.
The ideas we collected from nearly 180 leaders across 25 different communities will be critical as we develop and implement the 2018 action items for our Vision 2025 plan. Some ideas discussed are programs already underway in a local community that were suggested to rollout statewide. Others came during brainstorming discussions. And while regional concerns were discussed, several common topics emerged, including: