Welcome to the FHRC
Welcome to the FHRC
Enhancing the economic viability and improving the quality of life through regional collaboration in the Flint Hills.
Vision Statement Survey
"Over the next five years, the Flint Hills Economic Development District will achieve a locally-based, regionally-driven economic development planning and implementation process that engages broad-based and diverse community leaders and builds capacity by which the public sector, working in conjunction with other economic stakeholders (individuals, firms, industries) obtains grant funding to stretch our local dollars further and create a culture that empowers communities and inspires leaders to work collaboratively to support each other on regionally beneficial initiatives that advances the District forward--becoming the best, most prosperous region imaginable. The District’s efforts will be aligned with EDA’s national investment priorities, and will promote job creation, reduce unemployment, increase incomes, reduce out-migration, increase opportunities for private investment that impacts the regional economy, and take strategic and bold steps for all seven-counties to become more resilient."
Strategic Direction #1 - Business Support, Economic Diversification, & Economic Development Infrastructure
Strategic Direction #1 - Business Support, Economic Diversification & Economic Development Infrastructure
Strategy 1.1. - Build external awareness of the region's assets among prospect employers, investors and corporate relocation professionals to attract new businesses and industries to our region.
Strategy 1.2. - Support and facilitate the retention and expansion of existing regional businesses.
Strategy 1.3. - Provide a sufficient supply of economic growth supportive infrastructure.
Proposed Strategy 1.4. - Promote the Flint Hills as a Destination for Cultural, Historical, & Outdoor Recreational Opportunities.
Strategic Direction #2 - Talent Attraction & Retention
Strategy 2.1. - Continue to enhance the capacity & productivity of the region's pre-K to 20 educational institutions & implement dual-credit programming.
Strategy 2.2. - Increase the number of recent graduates remaining in our region to live and work.
Strategy 2.3. - Provide support to transitioning soldiers leaving the military--helping to make connections to employment, education, and/or social networks so they make our region their home.
Strategy 2.4 - Develop medical education capacity in the region and increase support for mental health services.
Strategy 2.5. - Improve the attraction and retention of talent to the region.
Strategy 2.6. -Construct & rehabilitate diverse, high-quality, and suitable housing for regional labor force sustainability.
Strategy 2.7. - Provide quality of place environments & amenities that enhance community, appeal to and attract professionals across all economic sectors, and enhance tourism.
Strategy 2.8. - Work to overcome fundamental challenges individuals and families are facing that impact their ability and/or desire to make this region their home including basic human need resources such as childcare, access to healthcare, employment with competitive salaries, suitable housing, healthy food options, adequate infrastructure, and community assets that support healthy lifestyles, and recreational & social opportunities that promote connectivity and enhance sense of belonging.
Strategy 2.9. - Support the continuation of enhanced online tools for individuals to connect their skills to employment opportunities specifically within our seven-county region.
Strategic Direction #3 - Supporting Innovation & Entrepreneurialism
Strategy 3.1. - Grow and Diversify the Innovation Ecosystem throughout the Region.
Strategy 3.2. - Enhance Support for Entrepreneurs of all Ages
Strategic Direction #4 - Recovery, Disaster Preparedness & Resiliency
Strategy 4.1. - Identify and Support Efforts that Assist in Creating a More Resilient, Sustainable Region.
Strategic Direction #5 - Partnerships, Funding Strategy Development & Plan Implementation
Strategy 5.1. - Create Partnerships, Leverage Resources, & Obtain Grant Funding to Move Priorities Forrward.
Strategy 5.2 - Support the FHRC in their Role to Administer the Flint Hills Economic Development District through Plan Updates, Coordination of Plan Implementation, and Tracking & Reporting Implementation Progress.
Strategy 5.3 - Utilizing Regional Needs Assessment System for Identified Unfunded Needs so that FHRC & Regional Partners can Assist in Developing Funding Strategies.
Strategy 5.4 - Communicate Plan Progress Publicly Through the Online Dashboard.
To Our Flint Hills Business Family,
You are our backbone; what makes our communities our communities. You support us by providing the things we need through this journey we call life. From helping the freshly minted driver buy their first car, to providing a place for us to watch our favorite sporting events and grab a bite to eat, to helping us find the perfect gift for a loved one, and everything between, you have been there for us. Now, it is our turn to be there for you.