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May 7, 2014

Public meetings set to discuss shaping Wichita’s future

A series of community engagement meetings will be held in May and June to gather recommendations on where to invest public money to help shape Wichita’s future, Mayor Carl Brewer said Wednesday.

A series of community engagement meetings will be held in May and June to gather recommendations on where to invest public money to help shape Wichita’s future, Mayor Carl Brewer said Wednesday.

The meetings will be held for seven consecutive Thursdays beginning May 15 at the Cargill Community Meeting Room on the first floor of the Downtown YMCA, 402 N. Market. All meetings will begin at 5:15 p.m.

“We are currently working on a new long-range plan for both the city and the county,” Brewer said. “We want to hear from you.”

Each meeting will cover specific 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 discussion will look at such topics as how to best physically grow as a city over the next 20 years and long-term priorities for infrastructure investment.

Once a plan that takes input from these meetings into account is drafted, another round of public meetings will be held in 2015 to get feedback on the draft plan, said Dave Barber, manager of the community investment project.

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