Kansas’ economy has grown for most of its 150 years, but it grows slowly, relies on just a few industries, and can’t seem to generate the kinds of jobs needed to keep all of its brightest youth.
Those issues and more were discussed during a session at the Kansas in Question symposium Tuesday at Century II.
The discussions were meant to spark efforts by people and groups around the state, perhaps similar to the Visioneering Wichita effort. Dozens of the state’s leaders from business, government, universities and nonprofit sectors broke into discussion groups.
Jon Rolph, president of Sasnak Management and chairman of Wichita’s Visioneering effort, kicked off the discussion, telling about his farming forebearer and challenging leaders to delve deep.
“The American spirit is still alive,” Rolph said. “It’s up to us to better our communities and our state.”
Among key issues the discussion touched on: