Get Involved

Whether you want to donate to FHRC, attend one of our meetings, or have your municipality participate, you can get involved.

The Flint Hills Regional Council is 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation. Donations to the Flint Hills Regional Council are tax-deductible and go toward furthering the work of regional collaboration in the Flint Hills. Contact us if you would like more information on making a tax deductible contribution.

Meetings of the Flint Hills Regional Council are open to the public, and we welcome your participation and contributions. Meetings rotate around the seven-county area to bring representatives into member communities, make it easier for residents to attend a regional council meeting in their vicinity, and to help build overall awareness of the issues facing all parts of our region. (See our meeting events page for locations of upcoming meetings.) We welcome your insights on issues facing the Flint Hills region and your thoughts about the region's future. 

The Flint Hills eco-region runs from north to south across the state of Kansas, dipping into northern Oklahoma.  The Flint Hills Regional Council encompasses a portion of the Flint Hills surrounding the Fort Riley Army Base and Kansas State University, and is based out of Fort Riley, which is located between Manhattan and Junction City along Interstate I-70 connecting Kansas City to Denver.

According to the National Association of Regional Councils, a regional council is a multi-service entity with state and locally-defined boundaries that delivers a variety of federal, state and local programs while continuing its function as a planning organization, technical assistance provider and “visionary” to its member local governments. As such, they are accountable to local units of government and effective partners for state and federal governments.

Conceived in the 1960s, regional councils today are stable, broad-based organizations adept at consensus-building, creating partnerships, providing services, problem solving and fiscal management. The role of the regional council has been shaped by the changing dynamics in federal, state and local government relations, and the growing recognition that the region is the arena in which local governments must work together to resolve social and environmental challenges. Regional councils have carved out a valuable niche for themselves as reliable agents and many operate more independent of federal funding. Comprehensive and transportation planning, economic development, workforce development, the environment, services for the elderly and clearinghouse functions are among the types of programs managed by regional councils. Of the 39,000 local, general purpose governments in the United States (counties, cities, townships, towns, villages, boroughs) a total of more than 35,000 are served by Regional Councils. 

The Flint Hills Regional Council is the first regional council to be created in the United States in at least 20 years, and the first to be formed in the 21st Century. Background information on the creation of the Flint Hills Regional Council can be found in the RPO Project materials.  

Cities:

Alma, Alta Vista, Chapman, Clay Center, Council Grove, Dwight, Emporia, Grandview Plaza, Junction City, Leonardville, Manhattan, Onaga, Reading, Riley, Wamego, Westmoreland, White City & Woodbine

Counties:

Chase, Geary, Lyon, Morris, Pottawatomie, Riley & Wabaunsee

Community Advisors:

Governor's Military Council, Kansas State University, Emporia State University & Fort Riley

 

Membership in the Flint Hills Regional Council is completely voluntary and is open to general purpose local governments (municipalities and counties) from Chase, Clay, Dickinson, Geary, Lyon, Morris, Pottawatomie, Riley, and Wabaunsee counties. (This service area may be expanded by a 75% vote of the Regional Council's Board of Directors.) The current membership assessment rate is 50 cents per capita, based on 2010 Census population. If you are a general purpose local government interested in joining the Flint Hills Regional Council, please contact us for additional information and for membership materials.