Inter-region visit

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Trip to Iowa and Nebraska helps Flint Hills leaders envision greater collaboration

Junction City, Manhattan and Pottawatomie County areas were well represented on the Flint Hills Inter-Region bus tour to Ames, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska. This enthusiastic contingent of 55 Flint Hills region leaders invested time for single-day tours of Ames and Iowa State University, with two days of meetings with Ames representatives. The trip back to Manhattan created more potential to gain valuable information, as the inter-region visit group held a panel discussion with representatives from the Greater Omaha Economic Development partnership.

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Economic successes build vision for Flint Hills Region


The Flint Hills Inter-Region Visit to Iowa produced vast sums of knowledge about Ames’ economic development successes, Iowa State Research Park creation and expansion, USDA Research Park and mini-parallels to NBAF, and the success and evolution of the Ames transit system. CyRide has grown to a 100-bus commuter system with 6.8 million annual rides. Yes, nearly 7 million riders each year!

Trip attendees were largely impressed with Ames’ collaboration and teamwork to produce an ongoing, city-wide success story of economic growth. The group's Omaha visit paid dividends to gain a vision of Greater Omaha Economic Development partnership, as the Greater Manhattan region seeks to capitalize on partnership opportunities between, Geary, Pottawatomie and Riley counties.

The group met Oct. 12 for  inter-region visit summary to discuss takeaways and future vision to build upon for the Flint Hills Region.


Presentation materials, Ames, Iowa (Oct. 2-3, 2017)


 PowerPoint presentations  Brochures (reference materials)
Session 1: Community Partnerships (Workforce) Des Moines Area CC, K-12 and business connectivity Ames Parks and Recreation scheduled events
Session 2: Public transportation; Ames Transit Agency 
CyRide 40-year progression to success story
Ames Transit Agency, CyRide agreement
Session 3: Connected; Iowa State University Research Park
Model For Success, 25-year track record
Ames Transit establishment, governance provisions
Session 4: USDA Laboratory; what can be learned from
NCAH to leverage federal/state/city relationships (NBAF)
Ames annual outdoor sculpture exhibition program
Session 5: Quality of Life, Ames Parks and Recreation Dept.
Parks, trails, facilities, aquatics, golf and ice rink
Sculpture images
   Ames parking map


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