Overland Park, KS
The Forward OP process was launched to outline a path of continued success for the next 20-25 years. It sets the direction for Overland Park considering all aspects of community life. A 26-member citizen steering committee, representative of diverse interests, was created, and over 100 “community connectors” were identified to help spread the word about the process.
Planning for an Even Better Future
In January 2018, the Imagine Tomorrow Workshop was held and attended by more than 550 people. Activities for the evening included a “Write the Headline” exercise, where participants wrote what they thought the media would say about Overland Park in 20 years, and a group brainstorming exercise that helped participants think about big ideas for making the community even better in the future.
Successful Kickoff Leading to Next Steps
With the Imagine Tomorrow Workshop as a solid kickoff, the next step is a series of community conversations to take the ideas gathered and refine them in order to develop recommendations. The final plan, which is scheduled to be completed by late-summer 2018, will identify goals and specific actions for Overland Park to implement in the future.