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Chamber has higher goals than just local business growth
market our assets. We have an opportunity CEO, Junction City Area Chamber that few communities have to of Commerce grow exponentially in coming In many ways we are a years. Our location on I-70 and startup organization with US-77 near the National Bio each entity having a history. and Argo Defense Facility We are developing a new and Kansas State University identity. offers a great deal and puts us We are becoming more on the map for attractcomfortable with ing bioscience and each other and in animal health related how we work togethfirms. Ventria and Syner. We have the talgenta being in our ent in place and all county give us crediof us want to use bility in recruitment. those individual Cloud County Comskills to build the munity College’s new best organization T OM wet lab training facility possible. W EIGAND is a tremendous help We suggest our in recruiting in this load. mission statement, arena. We have developed teamour core values and our vision Site consultants who spebuilding exercises and meet of what we want to be in the cialize in representing varitogether often. next few years should encomous industries are the road to We have accomplished pass the following. successful recruitment at this much, and we know we have Mission statement time. to grow in order to achieve The Junction City Area We will entertain several what we and you expect. Chamber of Commerce exists site consultants in coming We will meet that chalto promote community weeks. lenge. growth and prosperity We have invited them to In 2014 through the development of visit us and see • We expect to commercial and industrial for themselves all create a common We will enterprises, tourism, leader- that our area ship development, workforce offers. continue to theme to adverwho we are development, educational represent our tise We will intro• We will work opportunities and other com- duce them to munity activities, such as the what we are and community at to have our comsupport of a collegial rela- what we have in relevant trade munity recognized as the “star” tionship with Fort Riley, opportunities, as shows and which provide a superior well as hear what conferences in of the Flint Hills quality of life and a sense of they see as our • We have mulorder to place tiple wellbeing. opportunipotential in Vision statements recruiting those ourselves “out ties to build partnerships to • Become the community companies comthere” as a leader in economic develop- patible with our advance our viable, ment locally and the region workforce and prosperous and community • Be proactive in develop- location. • We will prolivable ing high expectations for the It is through pose running a community community, capital campaign this we will • Develop strategic part- become acquaintto raise private never nerships and maintain a high ed with what we funds for ecoforgetting the level of trust in all relation- can expect or nomic developthree L’s — ships what we have to ment uses • Develop a strong finan- do to be attractive Location, Labor • We will concial commitment to commu- or to attract jobs and Love. tinue to pursue nity through transparency and investment. avenues that will and good fiscal management We continue to eventually bring a destination of funds and funding work at developing the skills • Work to ensure needed necessary in our workforce casino to Junction City • We will continue to colinfrastructure is available today. We meet regularly laborate on building an outsuch as education, health with HR reps of our major door state-of-the-art sports care, utilities, good streets, employers regarding their facility and shovel-ready land, etc. needs, views and challenges • We will do what it takes to • And showcase the com- of today’s graduates and curmunity strengths and advan- rent members of our work- get more land under control in order to offer it to prostages using every available force. tool, including social media The consolidated chamber pects in industry • We will recruit intensely and the latest technology, to has a full and diverse workB Y TOM WEIGAND

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County • We will become a hub for the bio-tech and animal health industries • Ventria will have become successful in obtaining FDA approval on some breakthrough products and have completed their $80 million expansion • Vacant buildings, both retail and industrial, will be rare and a demand growing for new industrial construction • A new mega-grocery store will have opened on the west side of Junction City • Ash Street will be complete with a new 8-plex cinema and two national franchise restaurants, or a Gander Mountain/Cabela’s or Bass Pro development • The Activities Division will have 400-plus members and be recognized statewide for its success • The consolidated chamber will receive national recognition for how to create synergy by bringing groups with the same mission together to transform themselves and create positive energy and great vision for the com-

munity • The convention center will experience a 25-percent growth in number of conventions held since 2013 • Leaders of the community will have joined the vision and commit to raising $2.5 million of private capital over five years, which is $500,000 more than was raised in 2014. This money will be dedicated to what a consensus of the donors want it used for over the next five years • The community will make available 160 acres of shovelready land for use by industry • Housing starts will grow from 2013 levels and per-capita will match any other town in Kansas • The sports complex will be recognized as the top-rated complex in Kansas and be booked every weekend from May through November and be well-utilized throughout the year • And leaders in the community, both Junction City and Geary County, who have been silent for years will become involved and committed to positive change and to leading that change.

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The Daily Union. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014

2014 looks to be a year of opportunity for Flint Hills Regional Council
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014 promises to be a year of opportunity for the Flint Hills Regional Council (FHRC). Capitalizing on the past year, which saw an increased awareness and interest in regionalism within our area, 2014 offers an opening for both the FHRC and the Central Flint Hills to accomplish some very important milestones and establish new, tangible outputs for the region.
As we begin a new year, the B ILL overall C LARK vision and imperatives of the Flint Hills Regional Council remain unchanged. Our vision is “an organization which fosters comprehensive economic development, close cooperation and partnerships, and growth among all municipalities and key actors throughout a multi-faceted, vast region. An association which enables a high quality of life for all members of the Flint Hills,” clearly articulates where we want to go. Our imperatives state what we must to be of value to our members: support and promote concerted action among the local governments and institutions; identify region-wide problems and concerns affecting sound growth and development; agree upon mutuallydesirable policies and consensuses; develop cooperative mechanisms; and deliver programs to regional and sub-regional constituencies as directed. Our focus for 2014 really lies within the goals we are looking to accomplish this year. The Flint Hills Regional Council has established five distinct goals for this year. • Become recognized as an Economic Development District at the national level by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) • Establish the Flint Hills reduction for all means of transportation. Additionally, the MPO will be hiring a consultant to assist in developing the long -range transportation plan for the area, a plan which will look out to 2040. Of note, the FHRC serves as the convening agency and the fiscal agent for the proposed new Economic Development District, the Flint Hills Regional Transit Administration, and the Metropolitan Planning Organization. Each of these three organizations is governed by an independent board, with policy and operational decisions coming from outside the FHRC. Finally, for 2014, the FHRC is looking for ways to become financially self-sustaining. Currently, approximately 85 percent of the FHRC funding is provided through the HUD grant tied to the Frontiers Project. With the completion of this project, the FHRC will need to develop new funding mechanisms to keep the organization moving forward and increase the overall value of the organization for our members and the region. 2014 promises to be an important year for the Flint Hills Regional Council. Our vision and imperatives remain straightforward and solid. Our goals for this year are ambitious, yet have the potential to shape not only the future of the organization, but the future of the region as well. The interest and desire to partner, and to embrace regionalism within the Flint Hills has never been higher.

Members of the Flint Hills Regional Council sign a resolution Jan. 31 urging the state’s support of a proposed economic development district.
Regional Transit Administra- opment District. tance of this organization at tion (FHRTA) This recognition will allow the federal level will allow • Develop a “toolbox” of the Flint Hills Economic the Flint Hills Regional Tranoptions for ecoDevelopment Dissit Association to access a nomic growth trict, and the new source of public transit Our third under the Flint region, to access funds from the Federal Trangoal is Hills Frontiers reoccurring federal sit Administration to support focused Project funds to assist in and enhance public transit around a • Administer future planning in our region. two significant efforts for our By administering these 19-county projects for the home. funds, our local area will project region’s MetroReceiving this have a larger voice in deterfunded by designation by EDA mining the needs and politan Planning the Organization is critical to the requirements for public tran(MPO) sit in our area. Department overall regional • And become Our third goal is focused of Housing concept and cona self-sustaining solidated planning around a 19-county project and Urban efforts. organization. funded by the Department of Development In January, the The Flint Hills Housing and Urban Develop— the Flint Regional Council is ment — the Flint Hills FronFHRC completed the ComprehenHills Frontiers also looking to form tiers Project. sive Economic a new public orgaWe have been involved in Project. Development nization: the Flint this project for almost two Strategy and established the Hills Regional Transit years, with year three, 2014, Flint Hills Economic DevelAdministration (FHRTA). being the critical year: the opment District (FHEDD) — The formation and accepdevelopment of economic a 7-county organization brought together to access federal EDA funds, share information and resources, provide a larger marketing effort to draw jobs to the region, and work to take advantage of the NBAF and Animal Sciences Corridor. Come see us for fun, unique gifts! • Posters, Tapestries, Door Beads • Candles and Incense We are now ready for the • Tie-Dye T-Shirts and other clothing • Hookahs and much more... next, critical step — being • Disc Golf recognized at the federal 1128 Moro • 776.2252 level as an Economic DevelMon. - Fri. 11:00 - 6:30 • Sat. 11 - 6 and environmental options which jurisdictions within the Flint Hills can potentially use to assist them in moving forward on their local development goals. Our goal for 2014 is to complete the “toolbox,” so we can distribute the tools, free of charge, as we move into 2015. As the MPO matures in 2014, we are looking to complete the Travel Demand Model (TDM) this year. The TDM is a tool that will facilitate transportation planning across the MPO, assisting in future development, safety, and congestion

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Geary Community Hospital Public Relations
In 2013, Geary Community Hospital CEO Joe Stratton and his team laid the groundwork for the progress that should occur at the hospital in 2014. Among his goals are: • Continue to progress through the 61 action steps of the three-year strategic plan — the hospital’s roadmap of success, according to Stratton • Continue the retool and refocus quality, so all employees understand the GCH definition of quality in all departments and in all functions of care • Continue to offer advanced medical technology, like the MRI and CT scanners • Participate in the Joint Commission Survey and receive continued accreditation. • Measure employee workplace satisfaction • And comply and work with health care reform. If that’s not mindboggling enough, Stratton is also planning and working on the financing of an upgrade of the Martha K. Hoover Women’s Health Center. He believes this upgrade will improve patient care and staff satisfaction and keep the women’s health center competitive in the market. The women’s health center was built in 1996 and hasn’t had a major upgrade in the patient care and staff work environment since then. Melissa Wells, RN, unit manager of the center,

trophobic and can accommodate larger patients “We had the CT and MRI installed and are using them,” Stratton said.

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and a team are working on a conservative plan, which includes new flooring, wall coverings, bathroom improvements, signage and more, for around $115,000. The Geary Community Healthcare Foundation’s Holiday Glitz proceeds of $50,000 were dedicated to the project. Its board of directors will possibly consider funding additional dollars toward the project at the end of the month, Stratton said.

With the lease of the new Toshiba Aquillion Prime CT (Computerized Tomography) and Toshiba Vantage Titan 1.5T MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scanners at the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014, respectively, patients have noticed the improved comfort and accessibility of the table on which they lie. Both machines are incredibly fast, provide outstanding image quality, feel less claus-

New equipment

By May, the hospital will have participated in an unannounced accreditation survey from The Joint Commission (also known as The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations.) Passing this multi-faceted survey gives patients and staff confidence that the quality, procedures and delivery of care is as it should be at this hospital. The surveyors come every three years and have already done advanced surveys on the laboratory and homecare services.

Accreditation with flying colors

A happy workforce equals happy patients, or so Stratton believes. To that end, GCH is participating in an employee satisfaction survey through the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Employees began signing in this month to express their satisfaction with training opportunities, the mission, involvement in the decisions, employee benefits and more.

improving inventory controls, improving staff morale and helping staff communicate more effectively when specific medications are needed, according to Stratton.

Medication dispensing improvements

The pharmacy will be installing an automated medication dispensing system, which will make providing medication to patients safer and more efficient while

And finally, new mission and vision statements were adopted at the January Board of Trustees meeting. The mission statement is: Providing quality health care and promoting the well-being of those we serve. The vision statement is: To be the trusted choice for health care and wellness in our communities. Focusing employees on delivering care based on the mission and vision statements will lead future strategic plans and give the hospital a lasting future.

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The state of Geary County in 2014
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Geary County Commissioner

s we move into 2014, I am concerned about many challenges ahead of those of us who live in Geary County.

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These that are listed in this interview are not in any special order, but as they come to mind. An important item is security among the county buildings. The new laws passed by our State Legislature for the concealed carrying of guns by those licensed to carry has created a great concern for the courthouse, county offices and state offices, and for our community corrections, county attorney and other court services in the Pennell Building. We will need to provide proper security and see the project through and monitor the progress. We are concerned about the shrinking resources that provide services to our Kansas counties and affect us. How will we deal with rising costs, and the burden to the property tax and the continuous burden to the consumers of a rising sales tax? I hope the Flint Hills Regional Council will find a way to grow and survive for the future and good of the area. We have grown as a region and seem to be more trusting of each other as we face regional challenges

Security at Geary County, is one of many hot topics the county face in 2014.
together. The partnerships with Fort Riley seem to have some hope for a future of cooperation, and I hope we can find some common ground to share services beneficial to all of us. It will be a real challenge to see if we can increase our economic development through the Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce, to show a renewed effort to bring our community to new and challenging heights, and to improve our base economy and take the overall development to a new level. There are and will be additional challenges. The great people of Geary County, both urban and rural, Fort Riley and our partners and neighbors in the Flint Hills and the state of Kansas will continue to rise to the occasion.

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That doesn’t include the search for a new superintendent USD 475 is embarking on this spring. Current Superintendent Ronald Walker addressed some of the issues and goals USD 475 faces in 2014. The Daily Union : What is the most significant goal USD 475 has for 2014? Walker: The selection of a new superintendent is the most important goal facing USD 475 for the new year.  In an earlier interview Walker said he had been contemplating the decision to end a 39-year career in education for six to 12 months, and it wasn’t an easy decision to make. He announced his decision in late January. The Kansas Association of School Boards is expected to help guide USD 475 through the process of selecting a new superintendent. DU: What are the greatest challenges facing the school district this year? RW: The school finance lawsuit (Gannon vs. the State of Kansas) decision and when it will be announced is the largest challenge. It becomes a challenge because of timing and implementation.  Until a decision is reached in the case, Walker has said it will be difficult to make concrete plans in regards to anything pertaining to finance and budgeting. “It’ll probably take some time to work through the current budget situation to resolve some issues,” Walker has said The district will wait for the budget analysis to see what funds are coming to USD 475.  DU: What steps will the district take to address those challenges?
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break ground in the spring for a new Fort Riley Elementary School after receiving $16 million from the Department of Defense. The 500-student school will help reduce overcrowding and will replace the current school at 104 Morris Ave. Previously, Walker said plans to begin construction are set for the spring, with a completion timeframe of 2015. “If we can actually begin moving dirt by the first or second week in April, we’ll have that facility ready to open in the fall of 2015,” Walker has said. DU: Any additional thoughts on what the community can expect from the school district leadership in 2014? RW:  The school board has been very involved in the district and that will continue. They continue to seek the best education for the students attending USD 475. As the board and new superintendent develop plans for the district, everyone should expect continued excellence.

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expect the full amount next year,” he said earlier this year. Walker said it’s widely known the district has lived off multimillion dollar grants during difficult financial times. “We’re able to survive off those, but a lot of those are coming to an end now,” he has said. “So any financial injection would be very welcomed by our school district.”  DU: What issue do you feel USD 475 should begin addressing this year? RW : Since the district has been virtually rebuilt over the past few years with the exception of the high school, it is time to develop a plan for Junction City High School. The high school will need

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