On November 16th the City Commission for the City of Manhattan, Kansas, unanimously voted to adopt their first City-wide Strategic Plan. The development of Crossroads MHK was an ambitious effort to create a strategic plan focused on the responsibilities and initiatives of City government.
Manhattan is home to Kansas State University, which is the City’s largest employer, and adjacent to Fort Riley, which includes almost 70,000 military affiliates who live in the City and the surrounding Flint Hills Region. Over the years, the City has found itself at a crossroads on how to fund and maintain the high quality of life that residents have come to expect while also leading strategic initiatives. Throughout the nine-month planning process, the planning team facilitated robust engagement including two City Commission retreats, a series of meetings with two committees—one representing the community and one representing City staff—and two multi-week rounds of public engagement with both virtual and in-person opportunities to provide input. The team collected over 24,000 pieces of input that helped shape and develop the strategic plan framework.
The framework is organized into hierarchal elements with the community vision at the top followed by values, goals and finally a set of actions that support those goals. The plan contains 47 actions organized under the five goals of a well-run City organization, a connected government, an enhanced network of infrastructure, a strong sense of place and a strong and diversified local economy. As the City continues to change, the framework will help steer the City in a positive, healthy and more resilient direction.
A copy of the plan can be found here.