Flint Hills group invites those under 40 to voice opinions

By Megan Moser

A group that aims to explore the future of the Flint Hills is looking to give the region’s younger residents a voice.

Flint Hills Frontiers is having a meeting for people in their 20s and 30s at 7 p.m. on Friday at St. John’s Lutheran Memorial Hall, 218 West 2nd St. in Alma.

The event will include roundtable conversations intended to give younger citizens a chance to participate in the planning process.

Non-alcoholic drinks, snacks and childcare will be provided. Afterward, there will be a socializing mixer at DJ’s Bar & Grill for those interested.

Flint Hills Frontiers was created after the Flint Hills Regional Council won a Department of Housing and Urban Development grant for nearly $2 million.

The Frontiers program is intended to help identify community needs and priorities across the region.

“We want to make a stand and say that there are young people in the community who want to be involved,” said Abby Amick, economic development coordinator for Wabaunsee County.

She said the meeting is meant to be a forum to hear ideas and opinions so that she and others involved can take them back to the Flint Hills Regional Council.

“I think our end product is going to be really powerful, because we can say we know people ages 20-40 are thinking about this,” she said. “That’s never been done before in this area.”

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